MANILA, Philippines — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. told government agencies Monday that they must prepare for climate change.
His declaration follows severe weather conditions brought about by Super Typhoon Egay (international name: Doksuri), Typhoon Falcon (international name: Khanun) and the rise of the southwest monsoon.
During the distribution of government aid in Pampanga, Marcos addressed the victims of the disasters.
The President pointed out the large volumes of rain caused by bad weather.
“Kailangan natin paghandaan talaga itong ating tinatawag na climate change. Nagbabago po ang panahon… Hindi sumusunod sa dati,” said the chief executive.
(We need to be prepared for what we call climate change. The seasons are changing. It doesn’t follow the pattern above.)
“Kung titingnan niyo ang ating secretary, nakakunot lahat ang kanilang mga noo, dahil iniisip nila kung paano makapag-ready,” Marcos quipped.
(If you look at our secretaries, they’re frowning because they’re thinking about how to get ready.)
The Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Rex Gatchalian, and the Department of Labor and Employment, Bienvenido Laguesma, attended the event.
“Dahil wala naman tayong magagawa sa weather, but sa paghanda sa mga… paghanda sa mga magiging biktima ng mga baha ng bagyo, and pinagahandaan natin ng mabuti. Nandiyan po ang lahat ng pagtulong sa ating mga kababayan,” Marcos told the victims of the calamity.
(Because we can’t do anything about the weather, but preparing for those…preparing for this who will be victims of the flooding caused by the typhoons, we are preparing well. All the help for our compatriots is there).
Egay, Falcón and the southwest monsoon caused widespread flooding in different parts of the country in July, affecting some 3 million people.
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