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Funds earmarked by govt. to protect Philippines from climate change in 2021 national budget by Genalyn Kabiling September 06,2020   |  Source: Manila Bulletin

The government of the Philippines is committed to strengthening the country’s resilience to climate change and build “greener future,” according to President Duterte.

The President said the government has set aside P181.9 billion for programs to protect the environment under the 2021 national budget after recognizing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. He said the government intends to curb the environmental risks “that may lead to future outbreaks.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic impacted not only our economy and our people but also our environment. This experience has opened our eyes to the reality that everything has its limit,” Duterte said in his recent budget message to Congress.

“It has emphasized the importance of being able to protect and conserve our natural resources for the future generations to come,” he said.

In the budget proposal for 2021, Duterte said the P181.9 billion allocation will be used for “climate-change related expenditures identifying adaption and mitigation measures for climate change.” The projects cover forest protection, tree-planting, development and use of renewable energy sources, and water security.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will receive a P26.5-billion budget for 2021, that


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