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NEDA affirms RP-US programs for environment and energy

by T. Villavert

Iloilo City (17 February) -- "Through the Partnership for the Environment and Energy Programs between the Governments of the Republic of the Philippines and the United States of America, we shall be able to strengthen the management of our natural resources down to the local level through ways and methods that are appropriate, effective and innovative," according to NEDA Secretary Ralph G. Recto.

Recto made the remarks during the ceremonial signing for the affirmation of partnership for the environment and energy programs between the Philippines and the United States of America.

The NEDA website disclosed that Secretary Recto thanked the United States Agency for International Development for their contribution of US$73,025,000 in support of these goals.

Recto said that through the RP-US partnership "we shall be able to support the efforts of central and local government agencies to manage these resources in a sustainable manner, as well as support the development of clean and renewable energy sources, promote access to clean water and sanitation and help to mitigate and adapt to climate change".

The NEDA chief also anticipates a new clean/renewable energy contract, a new rural electrification grant, and two new biodiversity conservation grants this year.

He said that the Alliance for Mindanao Off-grid Renewable Energy seeks to fulfill the goals of bringing development to the poorest provinces in Mindanao.

"By energizing the poor barangays in Mindanao, we will be encouraging communities to pursue socio-economic development initiatives- creating business and other income-generating activities and generating jobs".

He also expressed confidence that President Arroyo through EO 774 will push for the fulfillment of the vision and goals of sustainable development.

Under EO 774, every Friday of the week, the President or Presidential Adviser on Climate Change shall personally visit government offices, to help in the implementation or to push the mindset from the present traditional paradigms of economics to the new mindset of conservation, protection and restoration or CPR. (PIA 6) [top]

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