LEGAZPI CITY—A senator has appealed to the people of Albay to talk about climate change, instead of Charter change.
During a visit here last week, Sen. Loren Legarda said she was contributing P5 million for efforts in Albay to fight climate change and deal with its disastrous effects.
Gov. Joey Salceda said Albay’s programs to adapt to the effects of climate change “is not an afterthought, it is embedded.”
“We’ve overgrown the period of obsession with economic growth. There’s a new refocus in society toward social issues, one of which is global warming and climate change,” he said.
Legarda said she planned to push Congress to use the Albay experience as a model.
Last year, the provincial government launched the “Albay in Action on Climate Change (A2C2),” conducting information drives and mandating the inclusion of environmental issues in school curriculums.
Aside from natural disasters that have plagued Albay, another concern of the province is mining.
Legarda said she would propose a Senate hearing and an onsite investigation of claims that mining operations on Rapu-Rapu Island by Lafayette caused previous fishkills.
Studies endorsed by the provincial government point to deforestation and open-pit mining as the sources of greenhouse gas emissions.
Legarda said she would propose a resolution calling for the creation of a permanent climate change commission with members from various sectors.
Several environmental laws, like the Clean Air Act and Solid Waste Management Act, are simply not being enforced, she said.
“We have the laws, all we need is to implement them,” she said.