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BBM-SARA UNITEAM: LET’S REVIVE THE ENVIRONMENT TOGETHER

Press Releases
26 November 2021

“When disaster strikes, it is the poor, the people least responsible for the destruction of the environment, who suffer the most.”

In a statement, the “BBM-Sara Uniteam” is pushing to revive and achieve a healthier environment, as “protecting the environment also means safeguarding the most vulnerable members of Philippine society from the onslaught of natural calamities.”

According to them, wanton destruction of natural resources makes the country prone to natural and manmade disasters, such as landslides, while flooding caused by strong typhoons from the Pacific Ocean devastates wide areas.

“The Philippines is now experiencing severe environmental degradation — mainly in the form of deforestation, soil erosion, disruption of hydrological systems, over-exploitation of fisheries, destruction of coral reefs, and extinction of species,” the BBM-Sara Uniteam said.

“These problems are accentuated by the pressures of a large, fast-growing and impoverished population, and aggravated by climatic change due to the global ‘greenhouse effect’. Moreover, environmental degradation leads to adverse economic consequences that threaten the Philippines's prospects for sustainable development in the years ahead,” they said.

Data show that In 2005, the Philippines ranked 125th out of 146 countries surveyed in the Environmental Sustainability Index (ESI), which indicates the ability of nations to protect the environment.  The country’s forest cover in the 1900s amounted to 70 percent of the total land area and supported at least 200 to 360 species of trees. Currently, it covers  only 20.5 percent of the total land area.

Studies have also shown that to regenerate enough forest cover to bring it back to the same level as that in the 1900s would require 177 years at the present rate and efficiency of reforestation. 

“Nature has its own rights that should be protected. It should be allowed to flourish, reproduce and attain its abundance side by side with human civilization in perfect balance and harmony with our growing communities,” they emphasized.

In this light, the “BBM-Sara Uniteam” envisions a “national government that shall uphold environmental protection and promote sustainable development; to ensure that the environment is protected and the country's natural resources are utilized in a sustainable manner. The national government shall also undertake reforestation on a massive scale, enhance forest conservation and manage remaining forests according to strict standards.”

The duo said they are also committed to the promotion of responsible mining by enforcing the key provisions of Republic Act No. 7942, otherwise known as the Mining Act of 1995, that  regulates the operations of the mining industry in the country.

They recalled that when typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan hit the country on November 8, 2013 with maximum sustained winds of 235 km/h and gusts of 275 kph, it killed more than 6,000 people, displaced over 4.1 million and affected over 14.1 million. The said typhoon completely destroyed or damaged homes, schools, health centers and other infrastructure.

“This highlighted the acute environmental risks caused by natural calamities such as typhoons that cause immediate harm to human lives, health, and the environment,” they said. “The country’s environmental problems are on their critical levels and very serious.”

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FILIPINO VERSION

BBM-SARA UNITEAM: SAMA-SAMA NATING  ILIGTAS ANG KALIKASAN

“Kapag dumating ang sakuna, ang mahihirap, ang mga taong walang kinalaman sa pagkawasak ng kalikasan, ang siya pa mismong lubhang napipinsala.”

Sa isang press statement, itinutulak ng “BBM-Sara Uniteam,” katawagan sa tambalan ni Presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. at vice presidential bet Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, ang pagliligtas at pagkakamit ng mas malusog na kalikasan, dahil anila ang pagpoprotekta sa kalikasan ay nangangahulugan din ng pangangalaga sa pinakamahihinang mga miyembro ng lipunan  mula sa pananalasa ng mga kalamidad.

Ayon sa kanila, ang walang habas na pagsira sa mga likas na yaman ay nagiging sanhi ng mga mababagsik na sakuna sa bansa, tulad ng pagguho ng lupa, habang ang pagbaha ay dulot ng malalakas na bagyo galing sa karagatang Pasipiko na nananalasa sa malawak na bahagi ng Pilipinas.

“Ang Pilipinas ay nakakaranas na ngayon ng matinding pagkasira ng kapaligiran, pangunahin dito ay ang deforestation, pagguho ng lupa, pagkagambala ng hydrological system, labis na ‘over-exploitation’ ng mga pangisdaan, pagkasira ng mga coral reef, at pagkalipol ng mga species,” sabi ng BBM-Sara Uniteam.

"Ang mga isyung ito ay marahil dahilan ng matinding pressure na dulot ng mabilis na paglaki ng populasyon, na pinalalala ng pagbabago ng klima na dulot ng pandaigdigang 'greenhouse effect.' Higit pa rito, ang pagkasira ng kapaligiran ay may negatibong epekto sa ekonomiya, na nagiging hadlang para sa kaunlaran ng Pilipinas," dagdag pa ng BBM-Sara Uniteam.

Sa inilabas na datos ng Environmental Sustainability Index (ESI) noong 2005, ang Pilipinas ay ika-125 sa 146 na bansa base sa kakayahan na pangalagaan ang kalikasan. Noong 1900s, ang kagubatan ng bansa ay umabot sa 70% ng kabuuang lawak ng lupain at mayroong hindi bababa sa 200 hanggang 360 na uri ng puno. Sa ngayon nasa 20.5 porsyento na lamang ang kagubatan.

Ipinakita rin ng pag-aaral na ito na para manumbalik ang tamang ayos ng kagubatan sa parehong antas noong 1900s ay mangangailangan ng 177 taong programa depende pa sa kahusayan ng reforestation program.

““Nature has its own rights that should be protected. It should be allowed to flourish, reproduce and attain its abundance side by side with human civilization in perfect balance and harmony with our growing communities,” diin nila.

“The BBM-Sara Uniteam envisions a national government that shall uphold environmental protection and promote sustainable development; to ensure that the environment is protected and the country's natural resources are utilized in a sustainable manner. The national government shall also undertake reforestation on a massive scale, enhance forest conservation and manage remaining forests according to strict standards,” pahayag nila.

Sinabi ng tambalang BBM-Sara na nakatuon din sila sa pagsusulong ng responsableng pagmimina sa pamamagitan ng pagpapatupad ng mga pangunahing probisyon ng Republic Act No. 7942, o kilala bilang Mining Act of 1995, na kumokontrol sa mga operasyon ng industriya ng pagmimina sa bansa.

Inalala din ng dalawa ang hagupit na dulot ng bagyong Yolanda/Haiyan sa bansa noong Nobyembre 8, 2013 na may lakas na hangin na 235 km/h at pagbugsong 275 kph, na kumitil ng buhay ng mahigit 6,000 katao, humigit 4.1 milyon din ang nawalan ng tirahan at umabot sa 14.1 milyon ang naapektuhan.

“This highlighted the acute environmental risks caused by natural calamities such as typhoons that cause immediate harm to human lives, health, and the environment,” pahayag ng magka-tambal. “The country’s environmental problems are on their critical levels and very serious.”

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