Marcos to promises to make PHL more disaster-resilient


PRESIDENT FERDINAND “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. vowed to reduce the country’s vulnerability to the existing effects of climate change by investing in science and technology.

“Capacity building for our natural disaster resiliency is, therefore, a must. Investment in science and technology is imperative to enable us to have accurate weather forecasts and on-time disaster alerts,” Marcos Jr. said.

In his first State of the Nation Address (SONA), Marcos Jr. said that the country is “disaster-prone” and must adopt necessary actions to mitigate the worsening effects of climate change.

“Though we are a minor contributor to climate change globally, we have the unfortunate distinction of being one of the most vulnerable countries to the effects of climate change,” he said.

Consistent with his plans during his campaign, Marcos reiterated the prioritization of the increased use of renewable energy sources, including hydro, geothermal, solar, and wind powers.

Marcos also promised to rehabilitate and improve the water supply systems in the country, especially in urban areas.

“I have instructed DENR Secretary Toni Yulo-Loyzaga, together with Secretary Manny Bonoan of the DPWH, to explore possible partnerships with the private sector to address this crucial situation,” the President said.

He also asked for the coordination and cooperation of government agencies and private stakeholders to ensure environmental laws are properly enforced.

“Companies who exploit our natural resources must follow the law. We all have the responsibility to preserve this Earth, for we are but custodians, and we will pass on this treasure to future generations,” Marcos said. 

Marcos said that all plans for the economy and the country’s future would be for “naught” if the impacts of climate change were not lessened. F – Anne Avengoza 


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