Just one delegate? No problem, says PH climate change body


Posted at Jul 26 2018 04:02 PM

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MANILA - The Climate Change Commission said Thursday it sees no
problem with President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to send only a single representative to overseas climate conferences.

Duterte made the remark in a speech in Davao City Wednesday, saying he noticed delegates attending international conferences on climate change with questionable knowledge on environmental issues.

Climate Change Commission Deputy Executive Director Romell Antonio Cuenca said having a single representative is a non-issue as long as the Philippines has a united stand on climate change.

"Even if we do send just one person to conferences abroad, we do take a one-country approach to address climate change," he told ANC Thursday.

Cuenca also gave updates on the commission's work, noting that P315 million from the people's survival fund have already been earmarked for 6 approved projects.

Another P685 million, meanwhile, is available for science-based proposals.

"We're going forward. There are policy initiatives being pushed right now and being drafted... We make sure everybody's voice gets heard," he said.

The Climate Change Commission, the lead policy-making government body tasked to coordinate, monitor and evaluate programs tackling the impact of climate change in the Philippines, is attached to the Office of the President.