MANILA—United Nationalist Alliance vice presidential bet Senator Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan II called on the public to pay attention to the worsening state of the country’s environment and the effects of climate change.
“I would agree with the Nobel prize winner, former US Vice President Al Gore, that we must develop people power to call for more public awareness on climate change and push for renewable sources of energy like solar, wind, and possibly, wave technology to be a source of power,” Honasan said.
Honasan, who hails from the Bicol Region which was awarded for having the Best Disaster Response Practice, said the “present generation should not only focus on the protection of the environment, but also in balancing public interest in the climate change issue.”
He added: “If we can protect our environment and at the same time balance public interest, this can very well be translated to public policy.”
In terms of local response, Honasan lauded the efforts undertaken by incumbent current disaster managers in improving disaster response protocol.
The senator is a known environmental advocate who continues to push for laws such as the Clean Air Act, Solid Waste Management Act and the bill on Land Use Policy.
Honasan also recommends that the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) focus more on improving its coordinating mechanisms to make sure that disaster protocols are properly followed and are understood by local chief executives down to the level of barangays.