By Bernadette E. Tamayo | Journal Online
SENATOR Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. is hoping that his colleagues will pass his proposed measure mandating the teaching of climate change in colleges and universities to raise awareness on the effects of drastic changes in weather patterns.
He expressed this hope amid the devastation brought by Typhoon “Sendong” in Northern Mindanao specifically in Cagayan de Oro City, Iligan City, Negros Oriental, and Dumaguete City.
“Devastating floods such as those brought by “Sendong”, and (typhoons) “Pedring”, “Quiel”, “Mina”, “Juaning”, and “Ondoy” are becoming more frequent and are observed to be an effect of climate change,” Marcos said.
He urged concerned agencies to prioritize the teaching of climate change in all colleges and universities nationwide to create awareness on the effects of the weather phenomenon which is also being experienced in other countries.
“This will prepare our people to overcome this global challenge which is now threatening our existence,” Marcos said.
Marcos, in support of Republic Act 9729 or the “Climate Change Act of 2009, filed Senate Bill No. 2885 mandating the Commission on Higher Education to include three units subject for the study of climate change as part of the curricula for all courses in the tertiary education.
He donated sacks of rice and assorted medicines to the victims of the flashfloods and landslides caused by “Sendong.”
In his letters sent to Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo, Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Vicente Emano and Iligan City Mayor Lawrence Cruz, Marcos offered the prayers of his family and staff to the victims and expressed hope that they could “immediately return to their normal lives.”