"Our country has time and again been battered by typhoons, floods and other calamities, but the government's response has been largely in the realm of reactive, cute, easy and good media-copy undertakings such as relief operations, cleaning-and-greening physical spaces and the like," La Liga Managing Director Roland Cabigas said.
noted the following statistics on disasters that hit the country recently, based on reports by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council
, in its 2013 Alternative Budget Proposals Presentation in Congress, underscored the need to make the national budget climate-sensitive and DRR-proofed such as through funding strategic CCA and DRR programs and projects like clearing critical waterways of formal, informal and commercial/industrial settlements and establishments; biodiversity conservation, sustainable agriculture, fisheries and forestry; and development and promotion of the use of renewable and sustainable energy.
"Climate change is here and now.
The past typhoons, and more recently, even monsoon rains, have been unusually devastating to our country and our people.
The shattering impact of disasters, both climate-related and not, is as real as they can get, with grim indications that the worse may still be forthcoming," Cabigas
"We just cannot continue on the business-as-usual or BAU mode whereby we confine our actions within the usual borders and comfort zones.
It is time to go beyond these borders and act decisively in order to enhance our country's resiliency and adaptive capacity, and ultimately, national development targets on poverty alleviation, social services and human and economic development.
And this must start with the 2013 National Budget, a turning point for President Aquino's
concluded. (La Liga Policy Institute)