QUEZON CITY – An environmental campaigner group has lauded Friday the House of Representatives (HoR) for adopting resolutions supporting the call to declare a climate emergency.
In a statement, Greenpeace Philippines said the resolutions can be the starting point for the government to put climate action and climate justice at the center of governance.
The Lower House on Thursday adopted House Resolution No. 1377, declaring a climate and environmental emergency.
‘Enhanced and coherent climate actions’
In the resolution, the HoR said the declaration ensures “enhanced and coherent climate actions in the executive and legislative agenda of the government.” Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, Climate Change Committee Chairperson Rep. Edgar Chatto, Bayan Muna Partylist’s Eufemia Cullamat, and the late Cebu City Rep. Raul del Mar authored the resolution.
Among the key components of the resolution is to call on major carbon emitters, locally and abroad, to take responsibility for climate change, and to reinvest in renewable and sustainable energy.
It also encouraged local governments to issue climate emergency declarations.
The Lower House also adopted Albay Representative Joey Salceda’s House Resolution No. 535. Salceda’s resolution eyes for a whole-of-government, whole-of-nation, and whole-of-society mobilization on disaster and climate emergency.
Urgent and necessary
Some of the provisions in the resolutions, including holding nations accountable and ensuring a rapid transition to renewable energy, reflect some of the group’s demand for the national government to declare a climate emergency.
Malacanang said the government will consider the call, given that it is among the President’s priorities.
Virginia Benosa-Llorin, Greenpeace Philippines campaigner, said it is urgent and necessary to follow through with the resolutions.
Thousands of Filipino families continue to deal with the impacts of consecutive typhoons, she said.
“We welcome the developments at the HoR and see this as a sign that our lawmakers are heeding the call of the people to put climate action at the center of government policy and decision making,” she said.
In The News: The @HouseofRepsPH has made its move through a resolution declaring a climate & environmental emergency.
We welcome this development and now look forward to seeing URGENT & DECISIVE governmental actions on the climate crisis.
— Greenpeace Philippines #ClimateEmergency (@gpph) November 27, 2020
“We look forward to seeing urgent and aggressive congressional action on climate change following the passage of these resolutions,” Llorin added.
Call for accountability
Greenpeace notes that the top government officials, such as Finance Secretary Carlos Domiguez III, have also joined the call for climate justice.
The environment group reiterated that the Philippines must now call for accountability from nations as well as corporations responsible for climate change.
“The past typhoons have shown us that action not just at the local and national level are necessary,” Lloren stressed.
“The Philippines must lead the call to hold corporations responsible for their significant contribution to the climate crisis and its impacts to people’s lives,” she said. (amm/Greenpeace)