Leadership, dynamism and commitment vital to address climate change - NEDA chief
Iloilo City (7 August) -- "Tackling climate change will take leadership, dynamism and commitment," said NEDA Director-General Ralph G. Recto during the signing of the Joint Programme on Strengthening the Philippines' Institutional Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change.
Secretary Recto said that extreme events are becoming more frequent worldwide and climate change and its impact will exacerbate the vulnerabilities of the poor.
The NEDA Director-General further said that "in a report by the UNDP, the country ranked as highest in terms of tropical typhoon occurrences, with an average of 20 typhoons a year resulting in substantial losses in life and property".
Citing the havoc of typhoon "Frank" to some 959,047 families, P13.2 billion worth of damages in infrastructure and agriculture, Secretary Recto emphasized that "there is no doubt that the time to act is now".
The Malacanang press report disclosed that UN Resident Coordinator Nileema Noble signed the Joint Programme Document (JPD) for the UN and newly installed Secretary of Socio-Economic Planning and Director General of the National Economic Development Authority Ralph Recto signed on behalf of the Government of the Philippines, while Alvaro Trejo, Charge' d' Affaires of the Embassy of Spain witnessed the JPD signing.
The six participating UN agencies in the joint programme namely United Nations Development Programme (UNDP, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UN Habitat, International Labour Organization (ILO) and World Health Organization also signed the JPD with their implementing partners NEDA, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Agriculture, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Trade and Inndustry, Department of Science and Technology, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council and the Province of Albay.
The MDG-F is a global USD 700-million facility contributed by the Government of Spain to the UN in December 2006. It aims to accelerate progress towards attainment of the MDGs in select countries by supporting prorammes in areas widely acknowledge as central to the achievement of MDGs and their internationally agreed development goals. These areas are in environment and climate change, gender, culture diversity, democratic economic governance, private sector development, conflict prevention, food security and employment and migration. (PIA/T. Villavert) [top]