Protect environment; reap dev’t benefits, says Legarda

July 31, 2013 11:22 am 

MANILA, July 31 — New approaches in dealing with climate change and disasters should be promoted to protect the environment and help reap development benefits, Senator Loren Legarda said.

Legarda, chair of the Committee on Climate Change, explained that the country should work on improving the state of the environment to make the Philippines among the top 20 economies over the next four decades.<p"However, if we do not manage our environment well, and make our urban and land use planning risk sensitive, this increase in population and economic activity would translate to an equivalent increase in exposure to disasters," she said.<p"Our environment and the ecosystem services it provides support human life and provide the basic materials for our economy, such as food, fuel and clean water,” she added. “It also sequesters carbon emissions, regulates erosion and landslides and reduces floods.”

She explained that one way to improve the situation is to start looking at how existing initiatives like the National Greening Program and the Integrated Coastal Management Program can be implemented fully.

The National Greening Program, which was officially launched in May 2011, aims to plant 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares of land by 2016.

For 2011, 89.6 million seedlings have been planted nationwide, while in 2012, a total of 125.6 million seedlings were planted.

"In parallel, we need to look at how sometimes a greener approach can be a more resilient approach,” she said. (PNA)



5 Responses to “Protect environment; reap dev’t benefits, says Legarda”

  1. Wesley on August 1st, 2013 1:41 pm

    “we need to look at how sometimes a greener approach can be a more resilient approach” well said loren legarda.

  2. Angeles on August 1st, 2013 1:42 pm

    legarda is such a passionate individual. I hope the younger senators that are starting out will the same attitude as they grow experience…

  3. Ursula on August 1st, 2013 1:43 pm

    keep pushing! i know we have the laws. all we need is to hit the people not using them right and get them to start doing their job….

  4. Puso on August 1st, 2013 1:45 pm

    if only some people consider this as a high priority. climate change is no joke. we are ignoring it now, but watch in a couple of years we will regret our choices…

  5. lady bug on August 1st, 2013 1:46 pm

    I really hate the fact that we are mostly ignoring the signs with the fast changes in our environment. natural disasters are getting more visious! We must ACT!