Committees on Climate Change, Disaster Control Needed

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While Yolanda, the strongest ever recorded typhoon in the world, was causing devastation in the Visayas last Friday, environmentalists among members of the House of Representatives called for the creation of the Committees on Climate Change and on Disaster Control while having discussions with a visiting United Kingdom parliamentarian and organizer of a global legislative organization for balanced environment held at the historic landmark Manila Hotel. Led by Reps. Rufus Rodriguez and Mel Senen Sarmiento, who respectively represents typhoon-ravaged Cagayan de Oro City and Western Samar in Congress, lawmakers also lamented that despite the approval of environmental protection laws, there remains issues about execution resulting from difficulties in raising required government resources. The Filipino lawmakers, all members of the Global Legislators Organization for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE), met with British parliamentarian Sir Graham Watson to discuss legislative experiences in tackling climate change programs. The group met at Manila Hotel at the height of Yolandas devastation, with the lawmakers noting the immediate need to put in place a solid legislative action that would prepare the country in counteracting the destructive effects of climate change, if not stop it. Also present were Reps. Susan Yap (LP, Tarlac), Agapito Guanlao (BUTIL Party-list) and Ibarra Gutierrez (Akbayan Party-list). …