Mayor moves vs climate change-A A +A
By JM Agreda
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
RETURNING from the World Mayor’s Summit on Climate Change in Nantes, France, Mayor Mauricio Domogan brought with him researches presented by experts on how cities can remain resilient in times of climate change.
Domogan brought with him various researches from the international summit and instructed the City Planning and Development Office and the City Environment and Parks Management Office to incorporate these studies into the city’s plans and programs.
He said the researches are valuable learning which can be integrated into the draft of the Environment Code.
“The effect of climate change is alarming. No one is exempted from its effects,” Domogan said.
Domogan is one among 50 mayors from 30 countries, and more than 20 regional and global networks of local and subnational governments, which adopted the Nantes Declaration on Climate Change.
The declaration affirms the commitment of local officials to scale up climate actions, urge engagement with the global level on climate change, and enhance access to finance.
The Nantes Declaration was also developed through a partnership with the Local Government Climate Roadmap and was facilitated by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability.
Meanwhile, the city mayor called on residents to work on addressing climate change through garbage segregation in compliance with Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act and following ordinances such as intensified anti-smoke belching ordinance.
While the city remains fortunate to be in a higher elevation, he said the percentage of increase in global warming is high especially for seaside communities, reason why the city government is now looking for ways to increase resilience to changing weather patterns.
On the city’s transportation system, he also said the city is open to new technologies of mass transit to lower smoke emissions like tramlines.
He also advocated for the promotion of the Baguio, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba and Tublay or the BLISTT concept to spread out development in the city’s adjoining municipalities.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 09, 2013.