Batocabe is House climate change chief, will focus on boosting LGU role
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Batocabe is House climate change chief, will focus on boosting LGU role

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A Bicolano has been elected to head the House of Representatives’ newly-minted special committee on climate change.
Ako Bicol Rep.  Rodel Batocabe said he was grateful for the trust of Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. as his post would allow him to take a direct hand in crafting laws on climate change. “This is doubly significant because I come from the Bicol region,  one of the most disaster-prone and vulnerable areas in the country,” said Batocabe.
Batocabe said his committee’s goal was to scrutinize the Executive’s policies, programs and projects on climate change  to ensure that vulnerable communities would be resilient to the adverse impact of vastly shifting climate patterns attributed to higher carbon dioxide emissions.His priority is to reassess the National Climate Change Action Plan after five  years since Congress enacted the Climate Change Act.
 “We will champion the cause of all local governments in the Philippines to ensure that the full power of Congress is mobilized in ensuring that our vulnerable communities are able to adapt to the impacts of climate change and disasters,” he added.
Batocabe said that with the plan to craft a new action framework this year, he expected local government to receive greater emphasis on its role in climate change preparation. “Global negotiations on addressing climate change should have more binding agreements that will come out of the Conference of Parties in Paris, late this year. The Philippines should be at the forefront of all of these developments because of our extreme vulnerability,” Batocabe said.

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