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Submitted by Andrew Francisco on

Well, we aren’t. Or at least a large majority of us aren’t adapting to climate change.
Year, after year it seems that we see the same thing, when the rainy season comes, parts of the country become flooded. People who live in areas worst hit are probably used to it already, and are always packed and ready to go to an evacuation center the moment it rains. Certain organizations are always ready to rescue, to provide relief, etc. during the rainy season. That is what has become. While it does cause a great deal of damage to property, the economy, to people we do not seem to be concerned about preventing these floods, some people even contribute to it to make a quick buck.
Doctors say prevention is better than cure, but we seem to have ignored this advice when it comes to our flooding problem. While people would point to different causes, such as urban planning, overpopulation, etc., it cannot be doubted that one of the biggest culprits is climate change.
The average Filipino does not seem to be doing much to adapt to climate change. Old practices that contribute to climate change such as burning garbage are still rampant. People still lack discipline when it comes to keeping the environment clean; we often see bodies of water filled with garbage. People still choose to create settlements in areas where they should not such as river banks.
But the people may be acting the way they do due to lack of information. The government’s programs seem to lack emphasis on Knowledge and Capacity Development. Experts lack the skills and the knowledge base and thus are unable to raise public awareness. Though there are encouraging signs, such as the budget for climate change constantly increasing, what we get from the World Bank’s report is that the government seems to be unorganized and may not be tackling climate change in the right manner. And as is the case with our government, the caveat is that the money may not be going to the appropriate places.