Thursday, November 10, 2016

Albay officials commend President Duterte’s decision to honor Paris pact
By Rhaydz B. Barcia

LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 10, (PNA) -- Two Albay officials -- third district Representative Fernando Gonzalez and Legazpi City Noel Rosal, lauded President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to honor the Parish climate agreement of 2015 as it will help the country cope with the adverse impact of climate change.

The Philippines, who was chair of the Climate Vulnerable Forum during the Paris climate talks last December 2015, was among the countries most influential in the crafting of the Paris deal that led to the call to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Meanwhile, Albay is deemed as a laboratory of natural disasters in the country because of the presence of the active Mayon Volcano and it is perennially in the path of strong typhoons.

The strongest to hit Albay was supertyphoon Reming (international name: Durian) which pummelled the province on November 30, 2006 with mudflows from the slopes of Mt. Mayon burying low-lying villages and killing over 1,000 people.

Gonzales said Duterte’s approval of the Paris accord is a “wise decision” as the Philippines will be safer from the detrimental effects of climate change “with the world together working to reduce carbon emissions.

Rosal added the President’s decision is “a very good move” as it will greatly help the country in fighting climate change.

Senator Loren Legarda, chair of the Senate committees on climate change and finance said the President’scommitment to ratify the deal is timely as the country has commemorated the third anniversary of supertyphoon Yolanda, one of the strongest natural disaster in the world, which was “one of the rallying points for a more ambitious Paris agreement.”

Legarda said “after ratification, we can be a strong voice in the world to fight for climate justice…and can lead vulnerable nations to compel developed countries to comply with their commitments to reduce emissions.” (PNA) LAP/GVR/RBB/EDS