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Green Philippines Plan seen to address global warming

by T. Villavert

Iloilo City (15 February) -- "We have begun the Green Philippines Plan, a blueprint for mapping our environment and economic policies that will allow for sustainable development that doesn't fall on the backs of the poor or erode our environment," President Arroyo told the governors attending the 2nd General Assembly of the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP).

The Green Philippines Program is a four-point campaign consisting of, 1) reforestation; 2) preservation of reefs and waterways; 3) scrubbing the land and air of pollutants that endanger the health of our people; 4) energy dependence.

During the LPP general assembly, President Arroyo said in her speech said that there is a cost to make the Green Philippines come to life.

"From rising tides, to changing weather to deforestation and pollution of air, sea and land, the challenges of climate change are great," President Arroyo said as she stressed that "our response to this grave challenge may sound humorous, but our intent is deadly serious: we must work together to solve this problem. If we do, it will be one of the great achievements of our partnership".

The President called on the governors to join the national government in addressing the destructive effects of global warming.

"People need to breathe clean air and swim in clean water while we build factories and bridges," the President said as she urged the governors to "assume the mantle of leadership and work to address the challenge of climate change".

The League of Provinces of the Philippines, which has 80 members, aims to ventilate, articulate and crystallize issues affecting provincial and metropolitan government administration. It likewise serves to secure, through proper and legal means, solutions to problems confronting the localities. (PIA) [top]

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