Beng cites need to mitigate risks on climate change PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 August 2016 14:25

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

Mayor Beng Climaco has highlighted the need for the City Government to undertake policy advocacy and implementation support on climate change adaptation particularly on water resources management including the adoption of renewable energy.

In her recent address before members of the City Council, Mayor Climaco said the policy advocacy and implementation support on climate change is intended to mitigate risks on climate change such as El Nino and La Nina and at the same time to re-enforce the efforts of the Zamboanga City Water District.

The Climaco administration will also pursue the adoption of renewable energy in support to the effort to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. The measures include one, the use of solar powered systems in barangay halls, lamp posts in strategic locations in the barangays and the use of LED lights for street lights and the two, new construction of city government buildings such as the Central City Police Office, the BOSS Center and the Investment Promotion Center will consider a climate change resilient structure.

“We don’t just dream for a water and energy-sufficient Zamboanga but we also envision it as a disaster-ready community capable of mitigating, responding and recovering from natural and human-induced disasters and ultimately secure and save human lives,” the mayor emphasized.

And to ensure that the city supports sustainable development inclusive of disaster risk reduction and climate change, the chief executive cited 5 programs that will be prioritized. These include the strict implementation of local laws such as the anti-littering policy, illegal mining and other laws to protect the city’s natural resources; massive reforestation of selected watersheds, river rehabilitation programs for the rivers of Sucabon, Tumaga, Pasonanca among others; formulation of a Development Code to consider disaster risk reduction and management, as well as, climate change adaptation and mitigation, the code will include the “no plastic policy”, green buildings, use of renewable resources among others; strengthening of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and personnel requirements and better equipped to become a command center and improvement of solid waste management with greater involvement of the barangays and communities.

“It is expected that the outcome of these interventions will result to a cleaner and more livable city,” Climaco added. — Sheila Covarrubias