MANILA, Philippines – Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Toni Yulo-Loyzaga pledged to fight climate change and conserve the country’s native species when she took office Thursday.
In her first speech as the new environment secretary at the handover ceremony, Yulo-Loyzaga listed several points she would like to see incorporated into the DENR’s primary missions.
One of the points she emphasized was the importance of tackling climate change “through practical climate change adaptation measures, using science to approach national scale as well as global impacts. ‘local scale of climate change’.
“We live in a multi-hazard environment, not only natural hazards, but also industrial, natural and technological hazards,” Yulo-Loyzaga said.
“The worsening of these dangers has led to the development of systemic risks and threats to all of our economic and social systems,” she added.
Along with this, she said, is the mission to protect native species as part of the country’s national heritage, which it could then “exploit for the benefit of the country”.
Yulo-Loyzaga also highlighted “the crucial role of the DENR in accounting for our natural resources,” which she said must happen very soon, in time for the new administration’s agenda.
“It will actually involve the use of science and technology as well as the use of financial management and economics,” the new chief environment officer said.
“And that means we will have to work with the different departments to achieve that base,” she added.
Yulo-Loyzaga also lobbied for the DENR to support the country’s economy, as well as its “social and inclusive development as a nation”.
Yulo-Loyzaga, who previously served as chairman of the Manila Observatory’s International Advisory Board and technical adviser to the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation, was first appointed by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. as environment secretary. July 12.
She was then sworn in as the new DENR secretary on July 19.
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