Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. on Green Extremes: Master Planning to Neighborhood Developments

2 September 2010

Speech-Green-ExtremesSpeech of Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
September 02 – 05, 2010
SMX, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City

Good Morning!

As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government and the Committee on Settlements and Urban Planning, I want to congratulate the organizers of this event…The Green Forum, Green Extremes: Master planning to neighborhood developments.

The threat from climate change is serious, it is urgent and it is growing. Governments and private sectors must act and move boldly, swiftly and with harmony – because if we fail, we risk consigning future generations to an irreversible catastrophe.

Sixty (60) percent of the planet’s ecosystems are damaged; twenty (20) percent of the earth’s crust is degraded, we have been impassive witnesses to deforestation, land conversion, desertification, deterioration of fresh water systems, and overexploitation of marine resources, pollution and loss of biodiversity.

The overuse of land exceeds by thirty (30) percent the capacity to regenerate it. The planet is losing what the technicians call the ability to regulate itself; The planet is losing this, everyday more waste than can be processed is released. The survival of our species hammers in the consciousness of humanity.

This “Major, Major” – “Major, Major” problem of climate change can be, must be reversed!!!

Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man!!!

Mankind has been slow to respond to or even recognize the magnitude of the climate hreat. It is true in our own country as well. We recognized that. And I am proud to say that this green forum has done a lot to promote solutions in order to minimize the effect of climate change through master planning to neighborhood development programs.

Climate change is the single most important issue of our time and the action plan put forward the challenge to biosphere reserves to be key learning site for sustainable development giving emphasis to the role of the stakeholder communities as active participants, the academe and the scientific community to provide information and the political leaders through good governance in an environment of cooperation and partnership.

Efforts on research and monitoring are focused on the trade-offs and achieving balance between human responsibility to maintain nature and conserve biodiversity on the other hand, and on the other hand, the need to use natural resources for enhancing social and economic well – being of people.

For myself, myself my greatest contribution in preserving nature is the implementation of our windmills projects during my term as governor of ilocos norte.

By establishing a windmill farm, the country’s first wind power plant, in Bangui, Ilocos Norte, become the frontrunner in the promotion of clean energy and a leader in preserving and utilizing nature in a positive approach.

The 34.5megawatt windmill turbines came about when the country was experiencing blackouts way back in the 1990’s. We found out that we could use patches of land in the province where wind is strong, to build wind mills for power generation.

We began planning a wind farm because I wanted to free my constituency from dirty electricity --- the kind that spikes and drops and destroy electronic equipments. The people of Ilocos did not want to buby appliances because the erratic power would destroy their equipment.

What the government needs to pursue is a consolidated policy on renewal or alternative energy to address power crisis and of course climate change.

We want effective global action. We want a new global agreement that can forge a truly comprehensive response to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. An agreement that is actually environmentally effective and economically fair.

We need a new approach that encourages practical action in line with sustainable development objectives.

A new approach that better recognizes the differing national circumstances of different parts of the world. It is no secret that finding a global solution to climate change will be very difficult.

It is also true that the scale of the climate change challenge demands that we work as hard as we can, on all possible fronts. Some of these fronts are sustainable urban planning and green strategies.

Sustainable urban planning takes into account traditional community patterns and new technologies. Successful planners take care to protect neighborhoods while providing city amenities in a sustainable manner.

Cities are the most efficient places for the world’s population to live and work, so it is vital that those cities promote a healthy, successful and sustainable quality of life. Ensuring that is the role or urban planners. Sustainable urban planning is the obligation of every city planner, builder, architect and business person to see that any and all new building has responsibility to surrounding landscape.

In the past high rises, factories, neighborhoods were indiscriminately built disregarded environmental factor of where they were located or what natural resource they were using in order to build a home in the woods is to cut down ancient trees, to divert wildlife and often, to disregard the flow of a stream. IN responsible urban planning today we know that to preserve these natural amenities is to bring into the environment a sustainable healthy atmosphere.

Green strategies involve preserving nature specifically trees and plants as part of sustainable development. Urban planners must utilize existing trees, landscaping and vegetation, these can serve to protect against strong winds, erosions and flash floods.

They must incorporate or retain indigenous vegetation to minimize water needs. Locate your building on the higher part of the site in order to take advantage of natural slopes for drainage.

Sa tulong ng teknolohiya at modernisasyon, may kapasidad an gating gobyerno sa tulong ng mahuhusay na arkitekto at enhinyero na makabuo ng isang perpektong plano na reresolba sa mga problemang dulot ng pagbabago ng klema.

Pero, hindi maiwasan ang pagkontra ng ilang may nagatibong kaisipan: kaya ba ninyong ipatupad yan? Simple lng ang aking sagot: Gaano man kaimposible na maipatupad ang perpektong plano ng mga ideyalistikong arkitekto at enhinyero, ang ating henerasyon ay dapat pa ring tangkain na maisagawa ito. Gaano mang kabigat ang pagsubok, mananatili an gating henerasyon na nakatingala sa modelong ito. At sa gitna ng proseso, hindi sinasadya – makabubuo tayo ng pambihirang inobasyon – na siyang magagamit na pardon at gabay ng susunod na henerasyon.

Sa patnubay at basbas sagradong arkitekto ng ating buhay, sana’y magtagumpay tayong laban sa masamang epekto ng pagbabago ng panahon at bilang inyong kinatawan sa senado – umasa po kayo na tuloy – tuloy pa rin po ang ASIKASONG BONGBONG!!!

Magandang umaga at maraming salamat po.