President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has said that the Philippines can further protect its natural systems and ecological processes by implementing progressive environmental laws.
Among the laws are the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Renewable Energy Act, the Bio-Fuels Act, the National Integrated Protected Areas Act, the Fisheries Code, and most recently, the Climate Change Act.
The United Nations (UN) reported that the Philippines is one of the top twelve countries at the greatest risk from climate change. In fact, the country topped the list of nations most in danger of facing more frequent and more intense storms as the impact of climate change intensifies.
In view of this fact and despite the country’s low carbon footprint, President Arroyo has committed at the Copenhagen climate change summit to implement the laws and to further reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the country by 20 percent to be one with other countries in meeting the harsh impacts of climate change and avert a global climate crisis. (OPS/PIA)