The House Committee on Ecology chaired by Rep. Amado Bagatsing convened a meeting with the Climate Change Commission held last 05 March. This meeting is a response to House Resolution 451 authored by GLOBE Philippines' Vice Chair for the House of Representatives Rep. Rufus B. Rodriguez (2nd District, Cagayan de Oro City), co-authored by Rep. Maximo B. Rodriguez (Abante Mindanao Party-List).
Legislators belonging to the House Committee on Ecology and member legislators of GLOBE Philippines were briefed by Sec. Mary Ann Lucille Sering of the Climate Change Commission on the efforts and initiatives that the Commission has been undertaking in order to combat the effects of climate change.
While Commissioner Naderev Saño discussed the results of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 19th Conference of the Parties (COP19) held in Warsaw, Poland. He said, "Warsaw failed to cement the required mitigation commitments and financial pledges. We fell short of convincing the world with absolute clarity that developed countries can provide financial resources of $100 billion by 2020."
In the meeting, GLOBE Philippines' Chair for the House of Representatives Congresswoman Susan Yap stressed the importance of assessing the country's climate change related laws and see how they are being implemented. She adds that, "A number of resolutions were filed at the House of Representatives by founding members of GLOBE Philippines to create an Oversight Committee on Climate Change."
"There is an urgent need for the Climate Change Commission to inform Congress, as mandated by Republic Act 9729. We are racing against time," concluded Congressman Rufus Rodriguez.