Marcos pushes for increased renewable energy resources
President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. has pledged to increase the country's renewable energy resources in response to climate change.
"For the welfare of our people, it is incumbent upon us to alleviate the effects of that vulnerability. The use of renewable energy is at the top of our climate agenda," Marcos said in his first State of the Nation Address before a joint session of Congress on Monday.
"We will increase our use of renewable energy sources such as hydropower, geothermal power, solar, and wind," he added.
Likewise, Marcos said there is a need for capacity building to beef up the country's natural disaster resiliency.
Marcos said this starts with investment in science and technology for accurate weather forecasts and on-time disaster alerts.
"Studies show that already many areas in the Philippines are at high risk from the rise in sea levels brought about by the increase in global temperature. We must adapt to this phenomenon with disaster-proof planning of our communities," Marcos added.
In addition, Marcos said that his administration will ensure enough fresh water supply, especially in the urban areas.
"Many of our water supply systems date back to the 1950’s, and they must now be rehabilitated and improved. I have instructed DENR Secretary Toni Yulo-Loyzaga, together with Secretary Manny Bonoan of the DPWH, to explore possible partnerships with the private sector to address this crucial situation," he said.
"All [of] these impetus for development and growth, we [will] undertake within the context of accelerating climate change and extreme weather conditions," he added.
Marcos also warned businesses that those who explore the country's natural resources must follow the law.
"We all have the responsibility to preserve this Earth, for we are but custodians, and we will pass on this great treasure to future generations. There is no question that the preservation of the environment is the preservation of life," he said.
"If we cannot mitigate climate change, all our plans for the economy and for our future, will be for naught," he added. — RSJ, GMA News