GMA Attends Nat'l Meet on Climate Change in Albay
Byline: Florencio P. Narito
LEGAZPI CITY - Although she was invited to be the keynote speaker in the three-day National Conference on Climate Change Adaptation (NCCCA) which opened yesterday at the Albay Astrodome, the President attended the conference but decided not to deliver a keynote address.
Instead, Mrs. Arroyo just listened to the messages of Albay Gov. Joey Sarte Salceda, the NCCCA convenor, and Secretary of Energy Angelo T. Reyes, the chairman of the newly created Presidential Task Force on Climate Change (PTFCC).
The President arrived at 10:30 a.m. at the Albay Astrodome and left the convention hall at around 11:20 a.m. for Virac, Catanduanes, where she was scheduled to inaugurate the Catanduanes Circumferential Road and witness the Catanduanes Festival.
In his welcome address, Salceda acknowledged the presence of President Arroyo, Vice President Noli de Castro, Secretary Reyes, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman (1st district), Albay Rep. Reno Lim (3rd district), Rep. Diosdado "Dato" Arroyo of Camarines Sur, Rep. Jose Solis of Sorsogon, Dr. Rodel Lasco, and Dr. Rosa Perez of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which had shared the Nobel Peace Prize with former US Vice President Al Gore.
Salceda said the Provincial Government of Albay has initiated the climate change adaptation because the province is vulnerable to natural calamities like typhoons and floods.
The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Albay has supported the governor by passing resolutions and ordinance on climate change adaptation. Energy Secretary Reyes presented the strategic framework and structure of the newly created Presidential Task Force on Climate Change to the President and some 1,500 delegates from scientists, local government officials, educators and students.
"The Philippines, being an archipelago, is highly vulnerable the effects of climate change. Hence, the urgency to consolidate our efforts towards this worldwide phenomenon," Reyes said.
GMA visits Albay, Catanduanes, laments Metro Manila 'intrigues'
Genalyn D. Kabiling
President Arroyo yesterday appealed anew for an end to political noise and other intrigues in Metro Manila as she said that she looked forward to the day when the capital would have the same simple life in the province.
During her visit to Virac, Catanduanes, the President complained about the problems in Metro Manila as she preferred to escape in the province where the people live in peace and harmony.
"Ang simpleng buhay dito sa Catanduanes ay napakasarap dahil malayo kayo sa kaguluhan at ingay pulitika na bumabalot ngayon sa ibang dako ng ating bansa lalo na sa Maynila (the simple life here in Catanduanes is good because you are far from political noises happening in other parts of the country," she said.
Mrs. Arroyo attended the 62nd anniversary of the Catanduanes and unveiled Package 1 of the Catanduanes Circumferential road project. Before her visit to the province, she attended a national conference on climate change in Albay.
In her speech, the President cited the booming tourism industry as well as the low incidence of crimes, political violence, and human rights violations in Catanduanes.
Mrs. Arroyo also praised the people of Catanduanes for their resilience amid the various challenges faced by the province, particularly natural disasters. "Your religious fervor has carried across many trials and calamities," she added.
Despite the political rumblings in Manila, the President affirmed her resolve to stay focused on the growing economy and generate more jobs for the people.
In the next three years, Mrs. Arroyo said she plans to bring the economic gains to the people's doorsteps through modern infrastructure and better social services.
She said her government would continue to pour more funds to build roads, bridges, airports, ports, among others, to attract more job-generating investments into the country. …