Pacquiao's Newest Foe--Climate Change

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MANILA, Philippines - After making his mark as a world boxing champ, Sarangani Congressman Manny Pacquiao is now fighting climate change by introducing a bill to increase reforestation efforts in villages all over the Philippines.

Pacquiao's first bill in the 15th Congress requires all barangays (districts) nationwide to devote at least five hectares of land to be used to replant trees. The boxing phenomenon-turned-congressman said forests are an effective way to combat climate change.

He said he introduced the reforestation bill as a way to remind people about the importance of taking care of the environment. "These days, a little flood could already trigger landslides. We have so many denuded mountains. We should really take good care of our environment," he said.

The congressman said he predicted little opposition to his reforestation bill, and that he already has the support of many of his colleagues in the House of Representatives.