Sen. Cynthia A. Villar has emphasized the need to win the tough battle against climate change for our survival and that of the next generation.
Villar said disaster risk assessment, adaptation, and mitigation of climate change in coastal habitats, among others, are very important issues that need continuous attention and require prompt actions.
“We have so much at stake if we were to take climate change for granted. The Philippines is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change,” stressed Villar, a staunch advocate of environmental protection.
She cited a recent United Nations report identifying the Philippines as the third-most at-risk from climate change in the world.
The Philippines was ranked behind the South Pacific island nations of Vanuatu (with a population of 255,000) and Tonga (with a population of 105,000).
“Compared to our country, which has a population of over 100 million, their population is a comparable to a small city or a big barangay here. So, the adverse impact of climate change is deemed worst in our country,” said Villar.