Manila: The Philippines has formally joined the Paris Agreement on Climate Change on Earth Day, said a lawmaker who joined several environment groups in celebrating the event.
“Earth Day is historic for the Philippines today. It marks the commencement of the Paris Agreement’s legal force and effect in our country. It will mark a great start to our journey towards a resilient and sustainable future,” said Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) Global Champion for Resilience.
“Starting today, the Philippines will no longer be an observer in the next meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA),” boasted Legarda, adding, “The Climate Change Commission (CCC), a lead agency in the Philippines, should guide and urge 1,634 local government units (LGU) to complete their respective local climate change action plans (LLCAP) within 2017.”
“This will give LGUs access …