This time, GMA names herself climate czar

President Arroyo has named herself chair of the Presidential Task Force on Climate Change (PTCC), which she reorganized to make it more effective in implementing measures to mitigate the effects of global warming in the country.

Mrs. Arroyo issued Executive Order 774, dated Dec. 26, 2008 but announced at Malacañang only on Wednesday. Last week, she named herself the anti-narcotics czar to curb drug abuse and trafficking in the country.

In her EO, she said climate change will have “catastrophic effects if immediate and sufficient action to curb industrial emissions and forest loss is not taken.”

“While our country’s emissions remain much lower in per capita terms than those of industrialized nations, our country’s recent growth and development have been accompanied by a rise in damaging emissions from fossil fuels,” the President said.

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