Legazpi City LGU, led by Mayor Noel E. Rosal (4th from left), receives the Climate Adaptive and Disaster-Resilient Award from CCC Vice-Chairperson Emmanuel M. de Guzman(3rd from left) and former Senator and environment Secretary Heherson Alvarez (middle) during the CLAD Awards Night last November 25 at the Sofitel Phlippine Plaza Manila.
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In the final event of the 8th Climate Change Consciousness Week, the local government unit of Legazpi City, led by Mayor Noel E. Rosal, was a recipient of the first Climate-Adaptive and Disaster-Resilient (CLAD) Award for Cities and Municipalities by the Climate Change Commission.
Mayor Rosal received the award from CCC Secretary Manny de Guzman and former Senator Heherson Alvarez at the Grand Sunset Pavilion of the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. Legazpi City also received Php 500,000 in cheque to fund the LGU’s future climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction projects. He was joined by members of the Legazpi City DRR and CCA office and Councilor Lilian Ramirez.
Legazpi City was chosen as one of the ten awardees because of its projects on mangrove and fruit-bearing tree growing, establishment of organic gardens and the pilot rainwater impounding system.
Two other LGUs from Bicol also received the CLAD Award. These were Canaman, Camarines Sur for their crop insurance program and farmer’s field school on climate change project and Sorsogon City, Sorsogon for their climate-resiliency field school and mangrove and upland reforestation.
The other awardees were Carmona, Cavite; Dumangas, Iloilo; Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur; Malolos, Bulacan; New Lucena, Iloilo; Palompon, Leyte and Tublay, Benguet.
During the awarding ceremonies, Heherson Alvarez talked about the challenge for the LGUs to continue to strive for CCA and DRR projects.
In the event’s closing remarks, Sen. Loren Legarda praised the LGUs for their outstanding effort to safeguard the environment.
“From now on, you are now my climate warriors. I will make you models for CCA-DRR initiatives.”, she expressed.
Rosal, whom the senator called “inaanak”, was praised by Legarda for the city’s projects on CCA and DRR, especially in mangrove growing. Legarda added that she would like promote the “Gulayan sa Baranggay” project wherein Legazpi City will become the model city.
The Filipina environmentalist senator also encouraged the awardees to access the People’s Survival Fund to fast track their projects.
The Climate Change Consciousness Week is an annual event of the Climate Change Commission which is joined by various government agencies, such as the DENR and DOE, and the private sector.