Let’s act now

August 24, 2022 People's Tonight 295 views

THE problem of climate change continues to worsen, worrying health authorities and the people, particularly the poor, not only in the Philippines but throughout the world.

As a result, typhoons, storms, flooding and other weather disturbances have become more frequent and destructive.

Every year, these natural disasters claim the lives of many people and destroy agricultural crops, infrastructure, houses and other buildings worth billions of pesos in the Philippines.

That’s why we, like other well-meaning Filipinos, cannot overemphasize the importance of having climate change action plans designed to address the problems posed by global warming.

Thus, the Filipino people welcomed the return of lady Senator Loren Legarda, an acknowledged environmentalist, to the Upper House of Congress.

We share the view of Legarda and others that what concerned government authorities ought to do is to make our environmental laws, rules and regulations work at the community level.

“Ang dapat ay mahigpit na ipatupad ng gobyerno ang mga batas at regulasyon na ito para hindi na lumalala pa ang problema,” said a worried barangay official.

He added: “Tigilan na natin ang walang patumanggang pagputol ng mga natitira nating punong kahoy at pagtapon ng basura, lalo na ang mga plastik, kung saan-saan.”

As an environmentalist, Legarda is in a position to lead the nationwide campaign to mitigate the impact of natural disasters, according to nature lovers across the country.

But let’s act now…and fast.