By EDWIN IYO
GINGOOG Vice Mayor Peter Unabia sounded alarm bells over the rising sea levels even as he called on the Gingoog Bay Alliance (GBA) to get their act together and start looking into ways how to adapt to the changing weather conditions and help in cushioning the impact of climate change.
GBA is the alliance of Gingoog and four town governments in the eastern part of Misamis Oriental.
Unabia said the GBA should focus on the problem of global warming and always consider it in its decision-making and programs.
The former congressman said he was worried because there have been science-based warnings that the sea level would rise by five to seven meters within the next three decades or by 2050 due to global warming.
He told GBA members during a meeting at the Gingoog city hall that the organization could start by telling people not to use wood charcoal.
Unabia said his business partners have already been told not to use wood charcoal.
Mayor Rommel Maslog of Talisayan, GBA chairman, said the group would tackle Unabia’s appeal in the group’s next meeting.
Conrado Mahinay Jr., head of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Gingoog, said the use of wood charcoal is very unfriendly to the environment in that it produces much greenhouse gas.
Mahinay said local officials should also step up the campaign against the cutting of trees that minimize pollution.