BBM to institute programs to balance economic development and environment

13 April 2022

PRESIDENTIAL frontrunner Ferdinand ‘Bongbong” Marcos Jr., announced that part of his priority program is environment protection and preservation as he stressed the need to institute policy reforms and programs which will create a peaceful balance between economic development and the environment.

“Nature has its 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," he said during a recent sidelines interview while on a provincial sortie.

"We should do this if we want to safeguard the most vulnerable members of our society from the onslaught of natural calamities,” he added.

Among his program is to create the Department of Disaster Resilience that will look in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as an effective model of disaster resilience that integrates many other agencies.

“It should be integrated in the agencies like DOST for the forecast of the weather, LGUs for the preparedness, DSWD for response and NEDA for rehabilitation among others,” Marcos explained.

Promoting reforestation and pushing for stricter anti-illegal logging law will also be prioritized by his administration as he will also institute the creation of industrial forest plantations to supply market demand for wood.

In mining, Marcos said, his administration will implement a collaborative relationship with all stakeholders to make sure that it will not be abused and it will help in bringing back our economy from the onslaught of the pandemic.

He is also planning to create the Department of Water and Resources Management to make sure that clean and potable water is available to every Filipino.

Marcos added he will also focus on solid waste management including “waste to energy programs” that will be an income generating initiative of his administration.

On the other hand, the presidential frontrunner said he is planning to create an ecology-based Disaster Risk Reduction program that should be addressed from the point of view of environmental degradation especially on forests, wetlands, coastal and marine and drylands.

Marcos averred, the country is blessed with an abundant natural resources such as minerals, forest and agricultural lands, water, fisheries and others.

“The Philippines is even recognized as one of the leading producers of nickel in the whole world which is widely in demand abroad,” Marcos noted adding that the nation should maximize our resources to hasten the recovery of the economy that was badly hit by the pandemic and recent natural disasters that hit the country.

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FILIPINO VERSION

 BBM MAGSUSULONG NG MGA PROGRAMA PARA BALANSEHIN ANG EKONOMIYA AT KALIKASAN

INIHAYAG ni presidential frontrunner Ferdinand ‘Bongbong” Marcos Jr., na bahagi ng kanyang prayoridad ang protektahan at i-preserba ang kalikasan kasabay ng paggiit na isusulong niya ang mga programa na magbabalanse sa pag-unlad ng ekonomiya at mangangalaga sa kalikasan.

“Nature has its 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. We should do this if we want to safeguard the most vulnerable members of our society from the onslaught of natural calamities,” ayon sa pahayag ni Marcos.

Kabilang sa kanyang programa ay ang paglikha ng Department of Disaster Resilience na katulad ng Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sa Estados Unidos, bilang epektibong modelo para sa disaster resilience na naglalayong kumonekta sa iba’t ibang sangay ng ahensya.

“It should be integrated in the agencies like DOST for the forecast of the weather, LGUs for the preparedness, DSWD for response and NEDA for rehabilitation among others,” paliwanag ni Marcos.

Isusulong din niya ang reforestation at pagpapatupad ng mas istriktong batas para sa anti-illegal logging kasabay ng paglikha ng industrial forest plantations para mag-supply sa market demand ng kahoy.

Sa pagmimina naman, iginiit ni Marcos na ipatutupad ng kanyang administrasyon ang maayos na pakikipag-ugnayan sa lahat ng mga stakeholder sa pagmimina para masigurong hindi ito maabuso at sa halip ay makatutulong ito sa muling pagbangon ng bansa mula sa pandemya.

Plano rin niyang lumikha ng Department of Water and Resources Management para masiguro na ang malinis at ligtas na tubig ay nakaaabot sa lahat ng Filipino.

Kabilang din sa tutugunan niya ang problema sa solid waste management kasama na rito ang “waste to energy programs” na dapat ay masigurong magbibigay ng kita sa bawat mamamayan.

Isusulong din ng kanyang gobyerno ang paglikha ng isang ecology-based Disaster Risk Reduction program na maglalayong proteksyunan ang kalikasan.

Giit pa ni Marcos, ang bansa ay nabibiyayaan ng likas na yaman katulad ng minerals, kagubatan, agricultural lands, water, fisheries at iba pa.

“The Philippines is even recognized as one of the leading producers of nickel in the whole world which is widely in demand abroad,” ani Marcos kasabay ng pahayag na dapat ay masigurong magagamit ng tama ang lahat ng ating resources para tuluyan ng makabagon ang ating ekonomiya mula sa pandemya.

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