MANILA, Philippines — Albay Rep. Joey Salceda stated on Wednesday he was “more than happy” and “impressed” by the nomination of Ma. Antonia “Toni” Yulo-Loyzaga as secretary of the Division of Surroundings and Pure Assets (DENR).
“She is the skilled’s skilled on the subject of local weather adaptation and catastrophe resilience,” Salceda, who represents a calamity-prone province, stated in an announcement.
He stated he was assured that Yulo-Loyzaga would carry science-based governance to the desk.
On a private stage, Salceda stated: “Toni is a pricey pal and my batchmate in Ateneo [de Manila]. We labored on so many DRR CCA initiatives making her a dependable pal of Albay esp[ecially] after [Typhoon] Reming and lots of different disasters. I’m very deeply happy and impressed by her appointment — one other greatest and brightest second for PBBM [President Bongbong Marcos].”
The initials DDR and CAA stand for, respectively, “catastrophe danger discount,” and CCA is for “local weather change and adaptation.”
Salceda, who was Albay governor, stated Yulo-Loyzaga’s presence within the province made her a superb pal of the individuals there.
“[I worked] very intently once I was governor of Albay, delegate to the United Nations Framework Conference on Local weather Change, and as co-chair of the United Nations Inexperienced Local weather Fund,” Salceda stated.
Albay has gone by a number of pure calamities not solely on account of volcanic eruptions, as it’s residence to the restive Mayon Volcano, but in addition on account of typhoons, owing to its place on the east facet of the nation’s hurricane belt.
A number of typhoons normally hit Albay and close by provinces within the Bicol Area, making it a key space for catastrophe response.
In 2012, Salceda was hailed within the 134-page Asia-Pacific Catastrophe Report by the United Nations Workplace for Catastrophe Threat Discount (UNISDR) and the UN Financial and Social Fee for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) as one of many international champions in selling catastrophe resilience within the native authorities stage.
Salceda additionally famous that Yulo-Loyzaga added extra expertise to her portfolio within the final decade, as she was govt director of the Manila Observatory whereas serving as chair of its Worldwide Advisory Board.
He additionally talked about that the local weather change advocate was a technical adviser of the Philippine Catastrophe Resilience Basis — “the place she successfully championed scientific analysis on local weather and catastrophe resilience.”
“Yulo-Loyzaga can be a part of the Philippine Armed Forces’ Senior Advisory Board on the Command and Normal Workers School and is a trustee for each the Ateneo de Manila and Ateneo de Naga Universities,” Salceda added.
On Tuesday, Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles introduced the nomination of Yulo-Loyzaga to the DENR, topic to the submission of different paperwork earlier than her place might be formalized.
The nomination was welcomed by a number of pro-environment teams — Greenpeace Philippines, Masungi Georeserve Basis, and Kalikasan Individuals’s Community for the Surroundings (Kalikasan), saying that they imagine Yulo-Loyzaga will take pressing motion on local weather change.
Even large-scale mining corporations welcomed Yulo-Loyzaga’s nomination. The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) stated its members can be prepared to fulfill with Yulo-Loyzaga and strike a steadiness between “financial improvement and environmental safety.”
In the meantime, Salceda stated that he was desperate to work with the brand new administration officers, together with newly-nominated Power Secretary Raphael “Popo” Lotilla, on how the nation’s carbon coverage can be formed.
“Upon the announcement of Toni’s appointment, I talked to Popo to see how we are able to work collectively on carbon coverage, particularly since [Secretary of Finance] Ben [Diokno] has expressed openness to carbon taxation,” Salceda stated.
“Offhand, I hope we are able to transfer ahead given sure baselines: One, the Philippines has a proper to low cost vitality and a proper to improvement, which I fought for throughout my time within the UN GCF and within the UNFCCC. Each Toni and Popo know my place very properly there,” he added.
—WITH REPORTS FROM ANDY HOO (TRAINEE)
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