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Climate Change Act boosts risk reduction roadmap - OCD 6

Iloilo City (28 October) -- With the Climate Change Act in effect, the roadmap for disaster risk reduction and the management of local carbon emissions will gain stronger momentum, said Civil Defense 6 Chief Rosario Cabrera.

The Philippine Climate Change Act of 2009 or RA No. 9729, signed into law by President Arroyo on October 23, calls for the establishment of a program to deal with the effects of typhoons and increasing weather disturbances.

This program, which includes emergency preparedness, rescue and relief operations, is called Disaster Risk Reduction, or DRR.

Cabrera said they have been already implementing DRR strategies in the region, which aside from preparedness activities, they have pushed for continuous identification of risks in communities, through the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) and the local government units.

She said that with the Climate Change Act, some provisions for the use of a certain portion of calamity funds for preparedness activities, will be assured.

She added that as intended by this law, it becomes apparent that actions on climate change mitigation and adaptation are not by government alone but by the public as well.

The establishment of a National Framework Strategy and Program on Climate Change will focus on mitigation and adaptation from the highest levels of government down to the more than 42,000 barangays in the country.

In a PIA dispatch, it was stated that under the law a Climate Change Commission, to be headed by the Chief Executive, will be set up, to coordinate, monitor and evaluate action plans in preparing the country against heavy rainfall resulting to flooding and landslides.

Malacanang has assured full implementation of the provisions of RA 9729. (PIA6/ESS) [top]

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