President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Wednesday said solving the country’s environmental issues and addressing climate change were among his government’s top priorities.

Speaking at a forum of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Marcos Jr. said his government would take initiatives that were responsible and sustainable.

“As your president, I assure you that our environment and our country’s resiliency and adaptation to the new normals of climate change are on top of the national agenda,” he said.

Climate change, the president said, was “no longer the issue of the day, it is the issue of our times.”

“And because of that, it requires the help, the assistance, the understanding of all of the citizens of the Philippines, and for that matter, of the world,” Marcos Jr. told the forum.

The forum, which will last three days, aims to enable dialogues across all DENR stakeholders.

“I have always believed that there is no greater shared responsibility than the care of our environment,” Marcos Jr. said.

The DENR is under Ma. Antonia “Toni” Yulo-Loyzaga, a climate and disaster resilience advocate. John Ezekiel J. Hirro