MANILA, 24 July 2017 -- Reacting to President Rodrigo Duterte’s remarks on climate change in his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) this afternoon, Red Constantino, executive director of the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, said:
“By recognizing the threat of climate change to food production in his latest State of the Nation Address, President Duterte is following through on his promise in his first SONA last year to prioritize climate action. It is consistent with his push to ratify the Paris Agreement.
“In doing so, the president allies himself with the overwhelming majority of heads of state, despite efforts by Trump and his fossil fuel backers to stymie climate action. His designation of Senator Loren Legarda as the de facto head of the country’s climate agenda was a wise move that will generate solid policy momentum in the cabinet cluster on climate change.
“The Duterte cabinet must follow his lead and take advantage of their remaining five years in power as science presents an increasingly worsening state of the climate. Government must attack with impatience policies that prevent the country from surviving climate-induced disasters and thriving despite its monumental threats to our people. The fortunes of coal continue to plummet worldwide even as more countries pursue low-carbon transformation of their economies.”
Denise Fontanilla, climate policy coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org | +63 917 851 4890
AC Dimatatac, media coordinator: email@example.com | +63 998 546 9788
NOTES TO THE EDITOR:
The Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities is a policy group in the Philippines promoting fair climate policy, sustainable energy and low-carbon development in vulnerable countries.