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Palace: Cha-cha not a priority during pandemic

first_imgMANILA – The Charter Change (Cha-cha) being pushed by over 1,400 mayors in the country is not among the priorities of President Rodrigo Duterte while the country is still in the middle of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The Palace spokesperson said that he sympathized with the call of the mayors to institutionalize the ruling of the Supreme Court in 2018 to widen the base of local government units’ shares in the country’s taxes. Aside from empowering the local governments, the mayors have also called for the lifting of restrictions on foreign investment in industries that are presently limited to Filipinos. “Ang kailangan natin ngayon ay pagkain, hindi sayaw na Cha-cha,” Drilon said in an interview with DZBB. “Ako ay may tiwala sa ating kasamahan na makikita nila na hindi para sa kapakanan ng bayan ito. Haharangin ito sa Senado.”/PN Roque’s comment was in relation to a proposal submitted by municipal mayors to the Department of the Interior and Local Government to make constitutional reforms supposedly to empower local government units.center_img Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said yesterday that the passage of constitutional reforms has not crossed the mind of President Duterte with his focus on the national government’s COVID-19 response. Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon expressed readiness to block fresh attempts to push for Cha-cha as he knew that the real motive for the revival is to postpone the 2022 national and local elections and remove politicians’ term limit. “Linggo-linggo nakikipag-usap ang Presidente sa taumbayan pero hindi naman po lumulutang ang Cha-cha dito,” Roque said in a virtual press conference. “Nakatutok ang buong national government sa COVID-19.”last_img read more

President Kenyatta: We have to confront climate change boldly

first_imgThe launch was hosted by the President of African Development Bank (AfDB) Akinwumi Adesina and addressed by several African leaders among them Presidents Nana Akufo-Addo (Ghana) and Sahle-Work Zewde (Ethiopia).Also Read  Let’s work together for the unity and progress of our country, UhuruPresident Kenyatta said effects of climate change have been worsened by the global Covid-19 health crisis.“Challenges posed by these climate-related events have been compounded by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.“Though not directly linked to climate change, the global resources allocated to fighting Covid-19 and to mitigate its negative impact on the economy, have, no doubt, reduced what is available to address climate change,” he said.President Kenyatta called for the integration of adaptation measures into Covid-19 recovery packages and urged development partners to support Africa’s climate initiatives.Also Read  SRC moves to address pay disparities  He challenged GCA Africa to spearhead the up scaling of pilot adaptation projects such as Kenya’s livestock insurance scheme, the first of its kind in Africa, to the rest of the continent.“Additionally, several adaptation initiatives that have been piloted in Africa should be scaled up by the centre we are launching today.“These include the Kenya Livestock Insurance Programme, the first government livestock insurance scheme in Africa, and which protects pastoralists against drought; and the mangrove protection and restoration project as is being piloted in Gazi, Kenya,” he said.The President thanked AfDB for its support in setting up IGAD Climate Prediction and Application Center (ICPAC) in Nairobi, a facility he said assists the region to receive timely climate prediction data.Also Read  Women leaders welcome CJ’s decision to dissolve ParliamentIn his opening remarks, Mr Adesina announced that AfDB is working on raising amounts available for investment in Africa’s climate smart projects to 25 billion USD by 2025.The AfDB boss singled out Kenya’s Lake Turkana Wind Power Project, the continent’s largest wind power financed by the continental bank saying the plant represents the future of Africa’s adaptation in the energy sector.Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo said climate change is the biggest threat to the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa while Ethiopia’s Sahle-Work Zewde called for the redoubling of global climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts. President Kenyatta spoke Wednesday at State House, Nairobi during the virtual launch of the African chapter of the Global Center on Adaption (GCA Africa).Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 President Uhuru Kenyatta has called for urgent and bold interventions to deal with the challenges posed by climate change in Africa.The President noted that the recent climate change attributed desert locust invasion of Eastern Africa as well as intermittent droughts and floods are a growing socioeconomic burden to the region.“Exacerbated by climate change, the desert locust invasion of Kenya and other Eastern Africa countries has devastated livelihoods of farmers and poses an unprecedented threat to food security,” he said.last_img read more