MAGUINDA, Butuan City — Citing the country’s indigenous peoples (IPs) as among the most vulnerable and severely affected sector by the impact of climate change, Climate Change Commissioner Albert Dela Cruz Sr. is urging the involvement of Indigenous People’s communities and empowering them as a nexus in food and human security.
The Commissioner recently visited this city in Region XIII (CARAGA) to meet with local government officials and representatives and leaders from the different IP communities to convince them that climate action is now sorely needed in order for the Philippines to survive and adapt to the adverse effects of global warming brought about by climate change.
“It’s the moment of truth and we need to realize that immediate action should be done to address climate change because we are now experiencing the worst effects of the phenomenon. No less than our beloved President (Ferdinand) ‘Bongbong’ (Romualdez) Marcos (Jr.) has said so and we must support his advocacy to prioritize climate action as among the top concerns in his administration’s agenda,” Dela Cruz pointed out.
Climate Change Commissioner Albert Dela Cruz Sr. (center, with eyeglasses) poses with local government officials, IP representatives, and youth leaders during a consultative visit and meeting with indigenous peoples communities in Butuan City. (Photo supplied)