Manuel “Nong” C. Rangasa is known as a Community Adaptation Practitioner, Chairman and Executive Director of the Local Climate Change Adaptation for Development (LCCAD) Inc., a non-stock-non-profit, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and service provider to the vulnerable local government units across the country as well as national and international agencies. Through Mentoring and Coaching strategies, he is currently the Resident Trainer for the Formulation of Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP)/Barangay Contingency and Recovery Plan (BCRP) in the Philippines, duly commissioned by virtue of a Memorandum of Understanding, by the Local Government Academy (LGA) of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), in partnership with the City Government of Legazpi under the leadership of Mayor Noel E. Rosal and the Bicol Regional Office of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA).
As a Community Adaptation Practitioner, he advocated for the early passage of two laws: Republic Act 9729 (Climate Change Act of 2009) and Republic Act 10121 (Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010), these laws that he advocated for were the basis for the creation of the Climate Change Commission (CCC) and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (NDRRMO). He previously served as the Project Manager of the United Nations Millennium Development Goal Achievement Fund 1656: Albay Demo (Governance component) Joint Programme (JP) among the Government of the Philippines (GOP) through the National economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Government of Spain (GOS)/Agencia Española de Cooperacion Internacional Para el Desarollo (AECID) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and first Executive Director of the Provincial Government of Albay-Centre for Initiatives and Research on Climate Adaptation (CIRCA). Also, CIRCA’s brainchild project under his supervision as its pioneer Executive Director, is the Climate Change Academy (CCA) which was inaugurated by His Excellency President Benigno S. Aquino III, Nov. 25, 2011.
The Climate Change Academy which Nong Rangasa originally conceptualized for the establishment an Academy for LGUs in the Philippines isan output of the Joint Programme among Government of the Philippines (GOP) through the NEDA, GOS/AECID, United Nations and Provincial Government of Albay-CIRCA under the leadership of Governor Joey Sarte Salceda, United Nation’s First Senior Global Champion for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk and Vulnerability Reduction and Co-Chairperson of the Green Climate Fund of the UNFCCC.
He is a member of the Philippine negotiators to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). He pioneered various national and local conferences on climate change adaptation and disaster risk and vulnerability reduction. He initiated the Mainstreaming of Climate Change Adaptation Integration into the Curriculum in all levels and areas in partnership with experts from the Department of Education-Albay Division, University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and AECID. This initiative is the first in the Philippines, the Asia-Pacific and in the world.
Nong C. Rangasa authored the User’s Manual for LGUs: Guidebook for Preparation of Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP) 2013. Being a complementary partner of the Local Government Academy (LGA) of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), he is the co-author of the following published books:
- Adaptation Knowledge Platform (2013) (Understanding Adaptation Planning: Selected Case Studies in Nepal, Philippines and Vietnam); Partner Series No. 9. Stockholm Environmental Institute; Bangkok
- The Role of Local Government Units in Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation in the Philippines Dr. Rodel D. Lasco;
- AdaptNet Policy Forum 08-09-P-Ad, 30 September 2008; and
- Local Climate Change and Society edited by Mohamed A. Salih.
Accepting the challenge called for by President Aquino and by DILG Secretary Mar Roxas and other national government agency to help facilitate, calibrate, re-integrate and mainstream Climate Change Adaptation, Disaster Risk and Vulnerability Reduction (CCA-DRVR) into Local Development Planning Processes, all his knowledge/expertise and practical learning experiences encompass the ‘technology-transfer’ to the growing number of recipients from all the islands and mainlands of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
All of these endeavours are supported by a robust Legal Framework such as Republic Acts 9729 of 2009 as amended by 10174 of 2012 and 10121 of 2010; Joint Memorandum Circulars from the Department of Budget and Management, the Climate Change Commission and the DILG, mandating all LGUs to conduct LCCAP and BCRP the soonest possible time for the best interest of the Filipino People living in resilient communities and free from harm’s way at all times and under all circumstances.