PGMA to sign Climate Change Law by end-October
Manila (16 October) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is set to sign into law the Climate Change Act of 2009 on October 30, after the Legislative-Executive Development and Advisory Council (LEDAC) agreed that one of the effective tools to face the global challenge of climate change must be institutionalized.
The President has convened LEDAC, which is the advisory and consultative body to the President and the Legislature on various socioeconomic issues, to discuss effective climate change measures.
The law, the first of its kind in Southeast Asia, aims to mainstream climate change into policy formulation, development panning, and poverty reduction programs. It also creates a Climate Change Commission (CCC) to coordinate, monitor, and evaluate the programs and action plans of government relating to climate change.
The CCC will be headed by the President. It will be composed of three Commissioners, one of whom shall be the vice-chairperson.
The Commission is mandated to formulate "a framework strategy on climate change, which will serve as the basis for a program for climate change planning, research and development, extension, and monitoring of activities to protect vulnerable communities.
Local government units (LGUs) will be the frontline agencies in the formulation, planning and implementation of climate change action plans in their respective areas.
Meanwhile, Congress committed to pass the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act when it resumes its sessions after the All Saints' Day recess.
The measure seeks to strengthen the country's disaster risk management capability by establishing the National Disaster Risk Management Plan.
Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said the bicameral committee will meet with stakeholders and the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) to fine tune the provisions of the measure based on the recent experiences on typhoons "Ondoy" and "Pepeng."
In the same meeting, the President expressed her gratitude to Congress for approving last night the P12 billion supplemental calamity fund.
"They did it in time for today's meeting," he said. The LEDAC also agreed to further strengthen government's information dissemination on climate change so the "people will understand."
The Office of the Press Secretary will handle the task. Other measures suggested include the creation of a river basin council and more green jobs. (PIA) [top]