Integrity of the Environment and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
To promote sustainable natural resource utilization and climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies and measures among national government agencies, the local government units (LGUs) and their respective communities, the general public, and other stakeholders.
The poor are the worst victims of climate change. Year in and year out, natural disasters have dealt billions of pesos in damage and claimed the lives of millions of Filipinos.
According to the Belgium-based Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, the Philippines ranked third in the list of countries most frequently hit by natural disasters in 2010, pushing the Aquino administration to treat climate change as a priority.
The 2012 National Budget promotes the integrity of the environment and bankrolls climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts.
The government cannot sit idly by after how past typhoons and other calamities have wreaked havoc in the lives of our people. The 2012 National Budget invests in the government’s capability to predict, prepare for and respond to typhoons, calamities, and other similar disasters.
The Calamity Fund has been increased to P7.5 billion, compared to P5 billion in 2011. Of this amount, P2.65 billion will be used for aid, relief and rehabilitation services to areas affected by calamities, while P4.85 billion will be used for the repair and reconstruction of permanent structures. Key departments have also been armed with P2.1 billion in Quick Response Funds to facilitate immediate rescue, relief and rehabilitation activities in the wake of calamities.
The Aquino administration is committed to protect the Philippines’ natural resources and environment in the long-term through the enforcement of environmental laws and standards, the protection and enhancement of forest cover, adoption of energy efficient lighting in government offices and the rehabilitation of esteros.