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Tañada, Pacquiao to back People’s Survival Fund

By Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star)

February 08, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – House Deputy Speaker and Quezon Rep Lorenzo Tañada III and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao teamed up yesterday to drum up support for the immediate passage of a landmark legislation creating the “People’s Survival Fund (PSF)” to help make poor communities resilient to the effects of climate change.

Tañada said that a similar bill was filed in the Senate authored by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile.

“The PSF can help poor men and women who are farmers build their resilience to the likes of the recent spate of flooding that destroyed crops and now threatens our national food security. We must beat climate change to the punch if we are to beat it at all,” Tañada said.

“To prevent climate change from knocking us out, we need to plan a good defense. The PSF is the only way to defeat an aggressive opponent like climate change,” said Pacquiao, who is among the first members of the House to sign as co-author of the bill.

The lawmakers pointed out that since the start of the year, flooding in different parts of the country has displaced thousands, killed 60 people and destroyed a lot of property and livelihood.

Continuous strong rains, which are unusual for this time of the year, have prevented farmers from planting rice in Palawan, Tañada said.

Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone, whose province was among those badly hit by floods, backed the bill and called on his colleagues to support it.

The passage of the PSF is an initiative of the “DEPENSA” (defense) campaign, which calls for the government to make the defense of Filipinos against climate change a national priority.

DEPENSA is a joint undertaking of the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (iCSC), artists’ group Dakila, and international non-profit organization Oxfam. The group is calling on President Aquino to include the PSF in his administration’s priority bills and for Congress to pass it.


Matinding laban ni Pacman ikinasa

By Noel Abuel (Abante)

February 8, 2011

May matinding laban na kakaharapin si Pambansang Kamao at Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, at ito’y hindi dahil sa boksing kundi sa laban sa epekto ng climate change.

Kasabay ng paglulunsad ng DEPENSA campaign sa Kamara, kasama ng pound-for-pound king na si Pacquiao si Deputy House Speaker Lorenzo “Erin” Tañada, hiniling ng mga ito na ipasa ang panukalang batas na naglalayong maglaan ng pondo ang pamahalaan para panlaban sa climate change.

Katuwang ng Kamara ang Senado sa pagsusulong ng “People’s Survival Fund (PSF)” na nais na tumulong sa paglulunsad ng mga hakbangin para labanan ang epekto ng climate change.

“To prevent climate change from knocking us out, we need to plan a good defense. The PSF is the only way to defeat an aggressive opponent like climate change,” ayon pa kay Pacquiao, na co-author ng nasabing panukalang batas.

Sinasabing sa simula pa lamang ng taon ay nakaranas na ng mga pagbaha sa iba’t ibang bahagi ng bansa na nagdulot ng pagkawala ng tirahan at pananim maliban pa sa 60 kataong nasawi.

Sa ilalim ng programang DEPENSA, na pinangunahan ng Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC), artists’ collective, international non-profit na Oxfam at ng grupong Dakila, hiniling ng mga ito kay Pangulong Benigno Aquino na isama ang PSF sa priority bills.

Photos: Pound-for-pound boxing king Cong. Manny Pacquiao throws his support behind the bill filed by House Deputy Speaker Lorenzo “Erin” Tañada calling for the establishment of the People’s Survival Fund. With Paqcuiao are representatives of Philippine climate action NGO network Aksyon Klima Pilipinas (AKP). A member of AKP, iCSC organized the Depensa event in the House last February 7 with Oxfam, the Freedom from Debt Coalition

and Dakila. (Red Constantino/iCSC)