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The Philippine Statement delivered by DENR Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje
United Nations Headquarters, New York

sECRETARY GENERAL, BAN KI-MOON AND EXCELLENCIES, WE SIGN THE PARIS AGREEMENT TODAY WITH FAITH AND HOPE IN THE 196 PARTIES TO THE UNFCCC THAT ADOPTED THE AGREEMENT.

THE PHILIPPINES, A HIGHLY VULNERABLE DEVELOPING NATION, WITH ONE OF THE MOST AMBITIOUS TARGETS, HAS ALREADY TAKEN STEPS TO PURSUE NATIONAL ACTIONS TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE THROUGH ITS INTENDED NATIONALLY DETERMINED CONTRIBUTION OR INDC.

DESPITE FINANCIAL LIM PHILIPPINES HAS ALREADY DEMONSTRATED ITS COMMITMENT TO MEETING ITS PLEDGE WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NATIONAL CLIMATE ACTION PLAN AND THE INTEGRATION OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN NATIONAL AND LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PLANS AND BUDGETS. IT WILL CONTINUE TO CASCADE CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION AND ADAPTATION ACTIONS TO SUB-NATIONAL LEVELS AND TO INVEST IN CLIMATE – RESILIENT LOCAL ECONOMIES, CONSISTENT WITH POST–2015 INTERNATIONAL FRAMEWORKS SUCH AS THE 2030 AGENDA ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, SENDAI FRAMEWORK FOR DISASTER RISK REDUCTION, AND MOST ESPECIALLY, THIS THIS PARIS AGREEMENT ON CLIMATE CHANGE.

TO SECURE A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE, THE PHILIPPINES IS PURSUING VALUE-ADDING STRATEGIES TO ENSURE THE PROVISION OF ECOSYSTEM SERVICES AND GREEN GROWTH TO ADDRESS POLLUTION AND ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION. TO THIS END, A GREENHOUSE GAS INVENTORY MANAGEMENT AND REPORTING SYSTEM IS BEING DEVELOPED TO CREATE A TRANSPARENT, ACCURATE AND COMPARABLE BASELINE OF EMISSIONS.

IT HAS ALSO SUBMITTED RECENTLY ITS ARTICLES OF ACCESSION TO THE DOHA AMENDMENT TO THE KYOTO PROTOCOL.

AS A HIGHLY VULNERABLE COUNTRY, PHILIPPINES HAS COMMITTED EARLY TO CONTRIBUTING ITS FAIR SHARE TO THE GLOBAL ACTION CONSISTENT WITH THE CLIMATE VULNERABLE FORUM’S MANILA-PARIS DECLARATION WHICH CALLS FOR A MITIGATION GOAL OF BELOW 1.5 DEGREES CELSIUS AND FULL DECARBONIZATION AND 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY PRODUCTION BY 2050.

TOO MUCH IS AT STAKE. DEVELOPED COUNTRIES THEREFORE NEED TO DO MORE IN TERMS OF DRAMATICALLY RAISING THEIR NDC AMBITION COMPATIBLE WITH THE 1.5-DEGREES CELSIUS THRESHOLD, AS WELL AS RAISING FUNDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE CLIMATE ACTION PLANS OF VULNERABLE COUNTRIES, WHICH REQUIRE ADEQUATE, PREDICTABLE AND SUSTAINABLE FINANCING. THE PHILIPPINES ALSO URGES DEVELOPED AND DEVELOPING COUNTRIES ALIKE TO TAKE URGENT PRE-2020 ACTION.

FINALLY, TO ECHO PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT BENIGNO AQUINO, THE PHILIPPINE CONTRIBUTION TO THE GLOBAL PROBLEM THAT IS CLIMATE CHANGE IS ADMITTEDLY A DROP IN THE WELL. BUT LIKE THE DROPLETS IN THE OCEAN, THE CONCERTED EFFORTS OF ALL PARTIES CAN SURELY MITIGATE THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE. THEREFORE THE PHILIPPINES STRONGLY URGES ALL COUNTRIES TO BUILD UPON THE MOMENTUM FROM PARIS AND WORK TOGETHER TOWARD FULL IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS AGREEMENT.

THANK YOU AND MABUHAY! 

 

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Earth Day 2016: Doing our share to save the environment

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EVERY year, the world celebrates Earth Day as a reminder for the need to care for the only planet we have and to bring to fore the many effects of its continued neglect. People all over the world commemorate this day through “green activities” like tree planting, waterway clean-ups and bicycle parade for clean air.

From the very first declaration of Earth Day by then United States Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970 to this day, environmental awareness and sustainability remain everyone's battle cry. Truly, saving Mother Earth is a continuing mission.

In the Philippines, a number of bills have been passed and laws signed to conserve and properly manage our environment and natural resources. These include the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act and Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, to name a few. Similarly, different government agencies have been tasked to ensure compliance to and monitor these laws.

ED2016 posterThe irony though is that as we prepare to celebrate Earth Day and after the celebration of International Day of Forests on March, our country has been faced with a series of forest fires in our protected areas which include Mt. Apo, Mt. Kanlaon, Mt. Kitanglad and Mt. Banahaw.


Grasslands, forests and even new tree plantations were razed and hundreds of hectares of land were burned down due to the very dry land brought about by extremely high temperatures. With the united effort of local government units, private companies, stakeholders and the many volunteers in the affected areas, the fires have been contained.

Still, we have to rise above these challenges. As the saying goes, “When you take something from the earth, you must put something back”.

As we celebrate Earth Day this year, with global theme “Trees for the Earth. Let’s get Planting," let us plant trees even if the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago” because ”The second best time is now”. Unfortunately, with most of the country affected by El Nino, we need to postpone our tree planting activities until the rains come down in June.

Be that as it may, here are five simple earth-saving tips you and your family and friends can do for Mother Earth:

tips-webUse reusable bags. For your trips to the wet market, grocery or shopping mall, use reusable bags instead of plastic bags. Most plastic is made from non-biodegradable material that when disposed takes years to break down, and when burned releases carbon dioxide.

Be a smart shopper
. Buy only what you need -- from food to personal items. This limits carbon emissions and other pollutants from manufacturing operations.

Compost. Instead of throwing kitchen scraps and garden wastes, create a compost pit in your garden or backyard or use a big clay pot or drum. Alternately layer leaves and soil or kitchen scraps and soil, ending up with soil at the topmost layer. After a month, this turns to humus which you can use as fertilizer.
Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. This applies to almost anything you we use at home like water, food, paper, plastic, and even gadgets. Make sure to involve your kids; in time this will become a habit to them.
Plant a tree. Join tree planting activities of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and other non-government and environmental groups. Trees you plant today will help build a better environment for a cleaner and greener future.
Celebrate Earth Day Every Day! 

 

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