(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Sunday, 21 July 2024) At 3:00 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 135 km West Southwest of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro (13.1°N, 120.0°E). Meanwhile, another LPA was estimated based on all available data at 880 km East of Eastern Visayas (11.1°N, 133.8°E). 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to Southwest Monsoon. Possible flash floods or landslides due to moderate to at times heavy rains. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to Moderate winds coming from Southwest to Southeast will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.5 meters).

Friday, May 5, 2023

Budget on climate change increases to P2.39B

To achieve a sustainable, green, and climate-resilient economy, the administration of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has allocated P2.39 billion for the National Greening Program under the 2023 General Appropriations Act (GAA).

“As mandated by President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., we will remain committed to attaining inclusive and sustainable transformation toward a greener economy. But we cannot achieve this goal if we will neglect our environment. That’s why, in crafting our national budget, we also put a premium on environmental expenditures. Kaya naman po ngayong taon, mas tinaasan pa natin ang budget para sa climate change programs and activities,” said Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Amenah F. Pangandaman. 

A banner project of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the National Greening Program is a massive forest rehabilitation initiative in pursuit of sustainable development for poverty alleviation, food security, biodiversity conservation, environmental stability, and climate change adaptation and mitigation.

The program covers a land area of 13,565 hectares; 7,249,642 seedlings to be planted; and 158,843 hectares  to be maintained.

“Kita naman po natin ngayon pa lamang, ramdam nating lahat ang epekto ng climate change, lalo na ang pagpasok ng El NiΓ±o. Kaya paulit-ulit din pong panawagan ng DBM sa bawat ahensya na maglaan sa kanilang budget proposal ng mga provision para sa pagtugon sa climate change,” Secretary Pangandaman added. 

To recall, the PBBM administration has allotted P464.5 billion for 2023 to address climate change. This budget is significantly higher by 60.1 percent compared to its P289.7 billion allocation in 2022. (DBM/PIA Caraga)