Presidential frontrunner Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., stressed the need to institute policy reforms and programs that will create a peaceful balance between economic development and the environment.
“Nature has its rights which must be protected. It should be allowed to flourish, reproduce and reach its abundance side by side with human civilization in perfect balance and harmony with our growing communities,” he said on the sidelines of an outing. provincial.
“We must do this if we are to protect the most vulnerable members of our society from the onslaught of natural calamities,” he added.
Among his plans is the creation of the Department of Disaster Resilience which will look at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as an effective model of disaster resilience that integrates many other agencies.
“It should be integrated into agencies like DOST for weather forecasting, LGUs for preparedness, DSWD for response, and NEDA for rehabilitation, among others,” Marcos explained.
It will also institute the establishment of industrial forest plantations to meet market demand for timber with the aim of promoting reforestation.
Marcos said his administration will establish a collaborative relationship with all stakeholders in the mining sector to ensure he is not abused. He said it would help bring the country’s economy back from the onslaught of the pandemic.
It also plans to establish the Department of Water and Resource Management to ensure that clean, potable water is available to every Filipino.
Marcos added that he will also focus on solid waste management, including “waste-to-energy programs” which will be a revenue-generating initiative of his administration.
On the other hand, the presidential frontrunner said he plans to create an ecology-based disaster risk reduction program that should be approached from the perspective of environmental degradation, especially on forests. , wetlands, coastal and marine areas and arid areas.
Marcos said the country is endowed with abundant natural resources such as minerals, forest and agricultural land, water, fisheries and others.
“The Philippines is even recognized as one of the leading producers of nickel worldwide which is widely demanded overseas,” he noted.
Marcos also noted that the nation should maximize its resources to accelerate the recovery of the economy which has been hit hard by the pandemic and natural disasters.
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