MIMAROPA calls for
strong climate deals at UN
September 4, 2015
PUERTO PRINCESA, Palawan
– During its 52nd full council meeting, the Regional Development
Council of MIMAROPA in the central Philippines adopted a resolution
calling world leaders especially of countries, which have been
historically responsible for spewing large amount of greenhouse gases
into the atmosphere, to come up with a strong climate change agreement
to reduce carbon emissions.
Unanimously recommended by
the Social Development Committee, Regional Director Romeo Escandor,
Jr. of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) said that
the act of the council is to globalise the resolve of the archipelagic
region to address the ill-effects of climate change during the United
Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 21st
Conference of Parties (COP21) to be held in Paris, France, at the end
of the year.
“We aim to build disaster
resilient communities and push economic growth under the principles
sustainable development goals, however, our dreams and aspirations for
the future generation needs global collective action,” said Escandor.
The main message of the
resolution is to “call on the world leaders especially of countries
which historically and until now emitting large amounts of greenhouse
gases, to sign a strong agreement to reduce emissions, formulate and
implement mechanisms on climate finance in the context of loss and
damage and adaptation, mitigation, technology transfer and capacity
building for countries vulnerable to climate change.”
Composed of the provinces of
Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan
with a population of 3 million, the regional development council
resolution was also in support to the efforts of a climate campaign
called Road to Paris initiated by the Climate Reality Project (CRP), a
global movement founded by Nobel laureate and former US Vice President
“To resolve this biggest
ecological crisis, development paradigm is to be rethought and what
the council did is commendable while integrating climate action and
disaster risk reduction in regional development agenda,” said Rodne
Galicha, CRP country manager who also happens to be a voting member of
the council as private sector representative.
Galicha explained that CRP’s
initiative aims to mobilise grassroots communities from all over the
world urging parties to the UNFCCC to finalise a bold climate
agreement which does not only promote planet-wide shift to renewable
energy but also address adaptation needs of climate vulnerable
“MIMAROPA region has been
endowed with beautiful islands which the global community admires –
naturally, a destination of choice. However, our sustainable tourism
industry and lives of our people are greatly threatened by extreme
weather conditions,” said Eleuterio Raza, Jr., provincial planning and
development officer of Marinduque.
According to Raza, the
central Philippine region also hosts the famous Verde Island Passage,
and its island provinces are known for its pristine beaches, marine
and terrestrial biodiversity, and colourful festivals and traditions
of different cultural communities.
“Our main thrust for
development has been environmentally and culturally sensitive. We may
have an iota of carbon emission compared to others but we need to seek
climate justice and walk the talk,” said Raza.
Said resolution will be
handed-over to the Climate Change Commission and sent to the
secretariat of the UNFCCC-COP21.