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PIA Press Release
2008/02/03

PGMA calls anew for unity in addressing effects of climate change

CANDABA, Pampanga (3 February) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo called anew yesterday on the people to unite to address the challenges of global warming.

In her speech at the First Ibon-Ebon Festival in Candaba, Pampanga, one of the three most important wetlands in the country, the President, while taking note of the floods that usually occur at the Candaba Swamp, said the Philippines is an island nation and the "rising seas due to global warming would affect us."

"From rising tides, to changing weather to deforestation and pollution of the air, sea, land, the challenges of the environment at this time of climate change are great," she said.

"We must work together to solve this problem. If we do, it will be one of our great achievements," the President said.

According to her, the government has come up with a Green Philippines plan to map out environment and economic policies that would allow sustainable development.

At the United Nations, as well as during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Meeting in Sydney, Australia last year and in the recent World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, the President had been harping on the need for cooperation and unity in addressing the effects of global warming.

"Every nation, developed or developing, must assume the mantle of leadership and work to address the challenge of climate change," she said.

"Each and every person bears some measure of responsibility for what we have done today and throughout history to diminish the environment," she added.

The President said all the finger-pointing would not solve the problem of global warming.

"Unity is a real aspiration that manifests itself through progress," she stressed. (OPS) [top]

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