By Emil G. Gamos
MALOLOS CITY, Bulacan (PNA)– The House of Representatives has approved the budget to be used to finance programs against the disastrous effects of global warming and climate change.
Bulacan 1st District Rep. Ma. Victoria R. Sy-Alvarado said the Committee on Appropriation of the House of Representatives has approved the budget of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Climate Change Commission (CCC) for fiscal year 2014 after eight hours of marathon deliberations over the weekend.
Sy-Alvarado, vice chair of the House Committee on Appropriation for DENR, said that the committee has approved P 23.65 billion for DENR while P80 million was approved for the CCC.
The Bulacan lawmaker said she successfully defended the budget for the two agencies involved in the protection and conservation of environment and in addressing the effects of global warming and climate change.
She said that the two agencies needed substantial budget to boost government programs in the conservation of environment and mitigation plans to counter the ill effects of climate change.
“We all know that the effects of global warming and climate change is already being felt worldwide and governments in developed countries have already earmarked billions of dollars to protect their cities and states from the disastrous effects such as heavy flooding and strong typhoons,” Sy- Alvarado stressed.