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PIA Press Release
Monday, January 23, 2012


Gensan vice mayor Vice Mayor Nograles urges residents to unite against climate change

by Pops Gumana-Fruylan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Jan 23 (PIA)— Vice Mayor Shirlyn Bañas-Nograles urged residents here on Tuesday “to agree on precautionary measures” to combat the ill-effects of climate change.

In a privilege speech delivered before members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, Nograles noted that only few are taking climate change seriously despite the recent frequency of global catastrophes like earthquakes, typhoons, droughts and floods that claimed thousands of lives.

“The signal of climate change is still barely detectable and it is time for us to agree on precautionary measures sufficiently robust to ensure the worst fears are never realized,” she said.

The vice mayor pointed out that what happened in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan recently is a lesson must learned.

“Many have died in flashfloods and mudslides unleashed by the storm, while thousands of survivors are crammed in evacuation centers,” she explained.

Nograles also recalled the fear that welcomed the city in the dawn of 2012 after the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) announced “of widespread rains over Eastern and Southern Mindanao that may cause flash floods and landslides due to low pressure area sighted east southeast of Gensan.”

There was a widespread “call for immediate solutions to ensure the safety of everyone especially in areas that will be affected by flashfloods,” the vice mayor narrated.

To mitigate the possibility of flashflood in the city, Nograles said it is high time to discuss the reestablishment of drainage systems in Gensan, which is one of the identified causes of floods in the area.

She explained that the reestablishment of the present drainage system in affected barangays in the city and the development of a better drainage system will curb flooding problems and will benefit the business industry and household as well.

Meanwhile, the vice mayor challenged everyone to take responsibility, alter lifestyle, and do something to address the problems on climate change before “the next generation will look back upon us and despise us.”

“We call on those who are in-charge not to hesitate, not to fall into dispute, not to blame each other but to seize opportunity from the greatest modern failure of politics. This should not be a fight between the rich world and the poor world, or between east and west. Climate change affects everyone, and must be solved by everyone,” she emphasized. (PGFruylan/PIA-Gensan)

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