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PIA Press Release
2009/10/13

Adapt to climate change, Palace tells LGUs

Manila (13 October) -- The government has stressed the need for local government units (LGU) to come up with their own policy on climate change on top of the national government’s efforts on disaster risk management.

Science and Technology Undersecretary Graciano Yumul, Jr., said adapting to climate change must be on a "case to case basis as it is the people on the ground who should be facing this kind of (weather) uncertainty."

Dr. Yumul said that climate uncertainty is now the rule rather than the exception. He cited predictions by experts that the Philippines would be experiencing El Nino now, but "we are very, very wet."

He pointed out that typhoons are more frequent and more intense, in the country and in the rest of the world, and he attributed the fact to global warming.

He stressed that typhoons "Ondoy" and "Pepeng" exemplify as evidence related to global warming thus the need for people to understand what is climate change and its effect for them to better prepare for any disaster.

"Ondoy’s" rainfall was highest in 42 years while "Pepeng’s" taking landfall three times are indeed extreme conditions.

Yumul called on everyone to be prepared as he underscored the need for people to help in mitigating the effects of climate change.

Press Undersecretary for Operations Anthony Golez said the people must start talking--- from the barangay to the municipal level then to the provincial level, to identify vulnerabilities of their areas of responsibility and how they could be protected, identify their lack of response to any disaster.

"This way, there will be faster response (to any disaster) as the national government is doing its best on a macro level," Golez said. (PIA) [top]

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