Agencies unite to combat climate change
By Venus H. Sarmiento
Dagupan City (16 June) -- Various government agencies are one in implementing activities to combat climate change and its adverse effect to the public and the environment.
In the 'Pantongtongan tayo' radio program of the Philippine Information Agency over Radyo ng Bayan DZMQ Tuesday, PAGASA chief Gregorio De Vera explained that climate change is any change in climate overtime. "Makikita natin ang pagbabago kapag above normal temperature na ang klima. This can be attributed to human activities tulad ng pagsusunog at sa mga pabrika na nagbubuga ng usok," De Vera said.
De Vera said that normally, rainy days are longer in the Philippines starting from the month of May up to December. But lately, De Vera noted, rains came earlier than expected.
Dagupan City Planning Officer Romeo Rosario had the same observation. "Parang hindi dumaan ang summer dahil napaaga ang tag-ulan," he said.
Rosario said the city government headed by Mayor Alipio Fernandez, Jr. is bent on caring for the health of children and students especially now that the climate changes overtime. "The city embarked on a massive clean-up in its 31 barangays. And in return, the city government gives the cleaners food -for- work as incentives. If the environment is clean, then everybody will be healthy," Rosario said.
In Executive Order No 0012-2009, Governor Amardo T. Espino,Jr. created the Provincial Task Force on Climate Change under the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council.
PDCC Representative Avenix Arenas said there are eight sub-groups under the task force to ensure that climate change is addressed properly.
The eight sub-groups, Arenas said, include solid waste, forest lands, clean water, fossil fuels, agriculture and fisheries, education and information and outdoor rooftop structures.
"Every now and then, the chair and members of these groups convene and talk about the latest directives on anti-climate change activities," Arenas said.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources provincial office, for its part, has been planting trees to help save Mother Earth.
PENRO representative Marlyn Banda encouraged the public to plant trees even in their own backyard. Banda said PENRO has been donating malunggay cuttings up to three feet tall for tree planting because trees, she stressed, absorb carbon dioxide from the air and give off oxygen. (PIA-Pangasinan) [top]