Malacañang said it is not surprising that the Philippines ranked high on Global Climate Risk Index (CRI) 2020, adding that the country is found to be naturally vulnerable to climate-related hazards.

Given na kasi! Palace ‘not surprised’ by PH’s ranking in climate risk index

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By Prince Golez

Malacañang said it is not surprising that the Philippines ranked high on Global Climate Risk Index (CRI) 2020, adding that the country is found to be naturally vulnerable to climate-related hazards.

“The Philippines has long been identified as one of the countries most vulnerable to climate hazards, such as typhoons, floodings, landslides, and droughts. We are therefore not surprised that we are number 4 in terms of long-term CRI from a study done from 1999 to 2018,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

The Germanwatch Global Climate Risk Index analyses impacts of extreme weather events such as storms, floods, heat waves and the like.

In a statement Wednesday evening, Roque said the Duterte administration is taking all necessary measures to mitigate and address the effects of climate change.

“For us to accomplish this task, we need the cooperation of all citizens. Through our collective action, we can build adaptive and resilient communities across the archipelago. This would be our gift to the future generations of Filipinos,” Roque also said.

According to the Palace official, the government formulated a Cabinet Cluster on Climate Change Adaptation, Mitigation and Disaster Risk Reduction Roadmap for 2018 to 2022 to mainstream climate change and disaster risk reduction to climate vulnerable provinces such as Metro Manila, Cebu, Iloilo and Davao.

He also noted that the President signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in 2017 and addressed the issue of climate change during the General Debate of the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly last year, where he urged all parties to “make good and honor their commitment to fight climate change, and strengthen communities and peoples for preparedness and resilience.”

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Duterte says gov’t going ‘full-throttle’ on vaccine drive to ensure student safety

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday vowed that the government will go “full- throttle” in its mass coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccination program to ensure safe return to schools.

Duterte made the statement during the simultaneous inauguration of school buildings at the Gen. Gregorio H. Del Pilar Integrated School and Virginia Ramirez-Cruz High School in Bulakan, Bulacan.

“I assure you that the government is exerting all efforts to go full-throttle in this Covid-19 vaccination program to ensure the safety of students before the resumption of the face-to face-learning,” the Chief Executive said.

In his speech, Duterte also underscored the need for timely completion of government structures and projects and directed all concerned agencies to ensure the least inconvenience to the public during construction and maintain the highest ethical standards.

“Our investment in education infrastructure affirms our continuing commitment to promote the right of the people to quality and accessible education at all levels,” according to him.

“A good education is a valuable gift we can proudly pass on to succeeding generations of Filipinos. Let us join hands in developing the full potential of your youth as bearers of our nation’s sustainable future,” he concluded.

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