PH climate change measures to get P13 B in 2014



MANILA, Philippines—Climate change adaptation and mitigation in the Philippines is getting a budget of P13 billion in 2014, up from P1 billion in 2011, an official of the Climate Change Commission said on Saturday.

The increased funding is tucked in the respective budgets of the departments of science and technology, environment and natural resources, agriculture, agrarian reform, public works and highways, health and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, said  Mary Ann Lucille Sering, the commission’s vice chair and executive director of the Climate Change Office.

Sering shared the information with reporters attending the final session of an environmental reporting fellowship for Filipino journalists organized by the Washington D.C.-based International Women’s Media Foundation. The session was held in Pasig City.

She said recent destructive typhoons had convinced the Aquino administration to take more preventive measures to save lives and resources.

Sering credited Budget Secretary Florencio Abad and Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima for supporting the allocation of additional funds to address the possible impacts of climate change locally.

She said she was happy about the enthusiasm of President Benigno Aquino for programs to ease the impact of climate change.

She said, however, that not every disaster could be blamed on climate change. Weak infrastructure and natural risks, such as earthquakes and typhoons, can be dealt with to avoid calamities.

Funds should go to research to know how the increase in temperature could affect food production and the natural environment. Science and land use planning should be employed, she added.

The increased budget, she said, should also support the implementation of the National Climate Change Action Plan drafted by 200 stakeholders.

Sering said the “credibility problem” of several national government agencies affect how the actions of government are perceived and taken.

Climate change adaptation and mitigation programs are being brought down to the level of local governments this year, after being piloted in the Caraga region beginning with vulnerability assessment and mapping.

“The government is trying to do everything,” Sering said.

Citing the provisions of the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 (Republic Act No. 10121), Sering said citizens may take legal action  against elected officials who refuse or ignore information and warnings on disasters.

The Philippines is among the countries battered most by disasters, according to the United Nations. The country is hit by more than 20 typhoons yearly and is located in an earthquake belt.

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  • mememine

    *Occupywallstreet does not even mention CO2 in its list of demands because of the bank-funded carbon trading stock markets ruled by corporations and trustworthy politicians.
    Deny this: Science has NEVER said any crisis WILL happen, only MIGHT happen and COULD happen and…
    The world of science is willing to say an asteroid hit crisis is real; but the world of science is not willing to say a climate crisis from Human CO2 is as real as an asteroid hit crisis. The consequences of climate change would be an asteroid hit of a planetary crisis itself yet while science can say asteroid hits are eventual and inevitable they can’t say climate change is as eventual and inevitable as an asteroid hit. And it’s been 27 years of intensive research!
    NOT ONE SINGLE IPCC warning says it will happen and not one IPCC warning isn’t smothered in “maybes” and “could bes” and……
    We demand that the scientists put an end to this costly debate.

    • catmanjohn

      It primarily takes sound common sense, and not just science, whose opinions can be bought by big oil, to realize the issues. It has been less than 100 years that combustible engines on a massive scale has affected the balance of the atmosphere, thus the natural cycles. The cancer rates are soaring, due to the combination of chemicals and the toxic carbons from cars, and other sources. A 100 years is a split second on the human time line. Let us hope that President Aquino will invest wisely in Solar, Wind, Methane and Waste recycling, and ReForestation. Hats off to Aquino for understanding and making the initial investments for a hopefully better future.

  • Horst Manure

    Years ago we had Global Cooling, the sun is moving closer to Earth which is giving us these changes but unless you say its Global warming you won’t get any funding from the fed’s.
    The biggest scam since religion kicked off.
    Australia has a carbon tax which is slowly killing the consumers wallet.

    • catmanjohn

      The earth moves closer to the sun every year, then moves out again. Elementary science. Global warming is supported by 95% of accredited scientists, and the mapping of ice clearly shows there is something very wrong. For a few bucks I would gladly do my share of reducing carbon output. Only those who work for the interest of greedy oil companies and other fossil fuel generating industries would take such a sinister and myopic view of this serious problem.

      • Horst Manure

        The sun moves in every year then moves out again… every year?
        Give us the run down on the Conveyor belt and how it works?
        As I said if you are a scientist and don’t support GW you don’t get funding.

      • catmanjohn

        Actually, its the other way around. Big Oil has the money to buy its mouthpieces, and turning scientists into whores for their greedy cause.
        Very short sighted, and misplaced priorities, which always leads to misery and disaster.

      • Horst Manure

        So Big Oil is behind GW?

        I forgot to mention Global Dimming as well.

      • buttones

        Earth has an elliptical orbit around the sun, as you say basic stuff. On the 95% ‘accredited’ scientists agreeing on GW I don’t think this is true. Climate change yes, that’s being going on for millions of years, but the fact of the matter is in regard to GW the predictions of warming by climate scientists up to about 2030, a 1.5 degree increase over 1960, is not happening, and in fact over the last 15 years has been stuck at about 0.5 degree and seems to be falling. [Sources -Predicted Temperatures- UN Intergovernmental Panel- UK Met Office] So I think it’s rather more climate change than GW that is the issue- in our case typhoons appearing where typhoons are not supposed to be for one.

        On fossil fuel use, well predictions are that for the next 30 years they will continuing to provide 85% of our needs worldwide, during which time little increase in sustainable green energy is noticed. On the day a solar power station provides cheaper electricity than coal, that is when we will change, the wind turbine idea sounds great but is only 30% efficient and only lasts for a dozen years or so, and is a blot on the landscape as well.

        On the billions to be allocated, well we can only wait and see what effect or improvement in practical terms results from the investment…

  • boybakal

    Additional funding but you don’t see anything.
    All news, all papers, all money. But when it comes to implementation they do nothing.
    Climate Change….full of basura that is the change.

  • Iyen Dev

    Climate Change doesn’t exist but the budget for corruption does!Live at your own risk.After all,everybody dies and death is the happiest moment of human life.

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