MANILA — Partido Federal ng Pilipinas standard-bearer Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. stressed anew that protection and preservation of the environment are among the priorities of the BBM-Sara UniTeam.

Marcos pointed out that one of the common grounds he and his running mate Mayor Inday Sara Duterte have is their strong stand to protect and preserve the environment, which includes a call to strengthen the country’s response to the threat of climate change.

“Matagal ko na itong adhikain kaya naman marami akong ipinasang panukalang-batas noong ako ay nasa Kongreso at sa Senado na naglalayong proteksyunan at pangalagaan ang kalikasan. Ganun din ang aking tandem na si Sara Duterte. She has also been a staunch advocate. This is why this will be among our administration’s priorities,” he said.

Marcos further noted that wanton destruction of natural resources makes the country prone to natural and manmade disasters, such as landslides, while flooding triggered by strong typhoons devastates wide areas.

“Nature has its rights that should be protected. It should be allowed to flourish, reproduce and attain its abundance side by side with human civilization in perfect balance and harmony with our growing communities. We should do this if we want to safeguard the most vulnerable members of our society from the onslaught of natural calamities,” he also said.

Earlier in the day, some members of the environmental activist group Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment and leftist group Bayan Muna staged a short rally in front of the BBM national campaign headquarters along EDSA.

The rally capped the protest caravan they led against the Kaliwa Dam and other large-scale dam and water projects to mark the International Day of Action for Rivers.

The Kaliwa Low Dam, a 600 MLD dam, aims to ensure water security and to increase the raw water supply to meet future potable water demand of Metro Manila and reduce dependence on the Angat Dam.

Residents of the area affected are, however, against its construction.

It was approved by the Aquino administration in 2012. (ai/mtvn)

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