President Benigno Aquino III has called for more actions than just words during his speech in front of more than one hundred world leaders at the Climate Change Plenary session at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA.
PNOY said that climate change which brings rampant and stronger typhoon is a real threat in all countries, especially the developing ones including the Philippines.
Because of the effect of the climate change, President Aquino stated that it brings massive drought or El Nino, increase in water levels and sinking of some islands.
“Excellences’, the time of debate of whether climate change is real or not is over. There is no doubt that it exists, which is the reason we are all here. It would be wrong, however, to engage in another protracted debate over the individual commitments of countries. To my mind, that would be adopting the wrong framework. Instead, everyone here has to do everything they can to address climate change, without first waiting for their neighbors to engage in action. Doing anything less leaves the problem unattended, too, thereby increasing the problem we all face,” added PNOY.
The Philippines though being struck by numerous calamities brought by climate change, like typhoon Yolanda, the President insisted that Filipinos remain resilient and continue to rise from the disaster.
“Despite the recent headway that my country has gained economically, and despite our efforts to ensure that such gains are inclusive, many of my people remain vulnerable to disaster brought about by climate change.”
President Aquino insisted that the Philippines isn’t just all about talk when it comes to fighting off climate change, because the two houses of Congress are doing everything to ratify a law for a more comprehensive approach on disaster response and climate change adaptation.
“The Philippines is not waiting. We are addressing climate change to the maximum with our limited resources. Legislation has been enacted to lessen the impact of disasters by adopting a comprehensive approach to disaster response.”
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