Group calls on candidates to push for ‘balanced’ environment agenda
The Philippine Business for Environmental Stewardship (PBEST) called on all political candidates to push for balanced policies to manage the country’s natural resources for the benefit of present and future generations.
PBEST challenged candidates to disclose their agenda on environmental sustainability as the country prepares for the national and local elections on May 13, 2019.
“As the Philippine electorate prepares to wield its power to bestow a new mandate for the legislature and local governments, we challenge our senatorial and local candidates to state your agenda to address the most urgent environmental challenges of the land,” said PBEST Convenor Carmelo Bayarcal.
Bayarcal said balanced policies mean that the stewardship of the environment and economic development should not be in conflict.
“For the longest time, environmental concerns have only been cursory and novelty platforms for political candidates, and existing regulations are softly enforced. But the issue of environmental protection has now become an urgent discussion worldwide that we cannot afford to be left out,” Bayarcal said.
“The repercussions are real, and we are starting to feel them. The sooner we and the candidates realize that the environment agenda is fundamentally linked to other ‘conventional’ election issues such as power, water, food security, and even job creation, the sooner we can make development sustainable,” he added.