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DENR leads advocacy to harmonize environment laws, policies

Manila (30 October) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) recently convened a multi-agency, multi-sector group to craft an advocacy plan in support of a proposed measure that will harmonize environmental laws and policies to better protect the environment in the face of global warming and climate change.

Backed by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the one-day Ecological Policy Act Advocacy Workshop, kicked off at the DENR, with close to 30 participants from various government agencies and nongovernment organizations (NGOs) underscoring the need to fine-tune state policy for environment and natural resources.

In particular, workshop participants tackled the proposed measure - House Bill 2637 entitled "An Act Providing for the Framework in the Conservation, Development Management and Utilization of Environment and Natural Resources, and for Other purposes".

Roland Cabigas, Managing Director of the policy research and advocacy group La Liga Policy Institute (LLPI) gave an overview and backdrop of the current situation and the challenge of coming up with an advocacy plan in support of the legislative proposal.

Cabigas said current situation wherein the Philippines is directly hit by extreme weather events as a result of climate change makes the initiative of strengthening and harmonizing environmental laws and policies more relevant.

"Climate change is here and now. Either we act now or it becomes too hot for us to handle," Cabigas said, citing the vulnerability of the Philippines to climate change consequence such super typhoons, as demonstrated by the havoc wrought by Ondoy and Pepeng last September 26 and October 1.

Policies in issuing environmental permits and clearances should be reviewed and make proposed changes, if any, as a key input to EPA, he added. (PIA 12 aca) [top]

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