Bill recognizes climate change emergency

December 1, 2023 Jester P. Manalastas 123 views

THE House of Representatives approved on third and final reading a bill that recognizes a climate change emergency and stresses the need for the government to come up with measures to stop human-caused global warming, limit its effects, and mobilize funds for mitigation efforts.

House Bill 9084 or the Climate Change Resilience Act got the approval of 238 lawmakers.

“We must acknowledge that there is a climate change emergency and take steps to stop it or mitigate its effects. I strongly support this bill, being one of those who witnessed the devastating effects of supertyphoon Yolanda 10 years ago. May we never see such a tragedy again,” Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez said on the passage of the measure.

HB 9084 mandates the creation of a Climate Change Resiliency and Adaptability Program that shall develop and implement solutions to adapt and mitigate the adverse impacts of climate change.

The program will have the following components: Open sharing of data amongst the stakeholders; Probabilistic Climate Risk Assessments (PCRA) Multi-level national educational plan on climate resilience; Link between health and climate change; Critical services and Ecosystem protection strategies.

“PCRA shall consider all possible scenarios, likelihood and inherent uncertainties, associated impacts of climate change, and the climate change projections in extremes in consultation with collective strengthening for community awareness on natural disasters agencies,” the measure reads.

“The PCRA shall generate localized baseline information on climate risk faced by vulnerable communities and their support system for potential climate-related hazards.” It added.