PGMA orders gov’t to use resources to ease climate change

April 25, 2009 1:06 am 

MANILA, April 24 — President Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo today directed government agencies to “use their respective resources for projects that would mitigate climate change and preserve the environment.”

As part of the celebration of Climate Change Week, the President met this morning with officials of NBN4, Philippine Information Agency, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), local officials of Quezon City led by Mayor Feliciano Belmonte Jr. and the barangay officials of Barangay Vasra along Visayas Avenue in Quezon City to discuss measures to protect the environment and mitigate climate change.

The President, who has set aside Fridays to address concerns related to the environment and global warming, is the Czarina of the environment. She has designated former Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Heherson Alvarez as her chief operating officer.

Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said the President also directed the government to also tap the private sector in a joint national effort to address the challenges of global warming and climate change.

He said what made Earth Week more significant was the holding of a concelebrated Ecological Mass, headed by Infanta Bishop Julio Labayen who, along with Manila Archbishop Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales, also called on the people to be stewards of the environment and planet Earth.

Remonde said the two church leaders had “joined hands with us because really there should be no politics involved when it comes to the issues of environment, climate change and global warming because regardless of all our differences we live in one planet and whatever happens to this planet will be something that all of us are going to suffer.”

“We should have common stewardship of this planet that has been given to us by God so the bottomline really is for every sector the local government units, League of Municipalities president Mayor Ramon Gueco and Mayor Feliciano Belmonte, the model of MRF (materials recycling facilities), so the President tasked the various agencies of government to go full steam on this program,” Remonde said.

He said reports on the compliance to the administrative order on belt-tightening, including gasoline usage, were forthcoming. The Palace would review the performance of agencies on energy conservation, gasoline conservation and belt tightening, he added. (PNA)

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