Army official proposes climate change summit

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Saturday, August 4, 2012


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -– A high ranking official of the Philippine Army has proposed on Friday for a climate change adaptation summit.

Brigadier General Gregorio Pio Catapang, 703rd infantry brigade commander, said climate change is an emerging enemy which could even be considered a threat on national security.

“Kailangan magkaroon tayo ng climate change summit para mapaghandaan nating mabuti ang epekto nito sa ating mga kababayan. Mapag-uusapan na rin dun yung mga proyekto na may kinalaman sa climate change,” Catapang said.

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The army general said that the summit could help the Kapampangans determine their degree of readiness in terms adaptability on changing climate.

Last year at the height of Typhoon Pedring and Quiel, residents in one barangay in San Simon town were asked to temporarily recolate to safer ground but refused, he said.

“Kasama namin si governor noon pinapalikas namin ang mga tao pero ayaw nila sumunod. Sanay na daw sila sa tubig baha. Pero kinabukasan sila na mismo ang nakikiusap na e-evacute sila,” Catapang added.

He also pointed out that the safety of the Kapampangan is at stake with the new war on climate change. “Tapos na giyera sa insurgency as far we are concerned. Ang bago nating laban ay ang sa climate change.”

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 04, 2012.

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