What is Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP)?

 

The Local Climate Change Action Plan or LCCAP is a document crafted and designed by the local government unit (LGU) regarding climate change adaptation plans in their locality.

 

As defined in the Climate Change Act of 2009 or RA 9729:

 

SECTION 14. Local Climate Change Action Plan.—The LGUs shall be the frontline agencies in the formulation, planning and implementation of climate change action plans in their respective areas, consistent with the provisions of the Local Government Code, the Framework, and the National Climate Change Action Plan.

Barangays shall be directly involved with municipal and city governments in prioritizing climate change issues and in identifying and implementing best practices and other solutions. Municipal and city governments shall consider climate change adaptation, as one of their regular functions. Provincial governments shall provide technical assistance, enforcement and information management in support of municipal and city climate change action plans. Inter-local government unit collaboration shall be maximized in the conduct of climate-related activities.

LGUs shall regularly update their respective action plans to reflect changing social, economic, and environmental conditions and emerging issues. The LGUs shall furnish the Commission with copies of their action plans and all subsequent amendments, modifications and revisions thereof, within one (1) month from their adoption. The LGUs shall mobilize and allocate necessary personnel, resources and logistics to effectively implement their respective action plans.

The local chief executive shall appoint the person responsible for the formulation and implementation of the local action plan.

It shall be the responsibility of the national government to extend technical and financial assistance to LGUs for the accomplishment of their Local Climate Change Action Plans.

The LGU is hereby expressly authorized to appropriate and use the amount from its Internal Revenue Allotment necessary to implement said local plan effectively, any provision in the Local Government Code to the contrary notwithstanding.

 

 

Why do LGUs need to have a Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP)?

 

The LCCAP is a REQUIREMENT per LGU based on RA 9729. It shall also be regularly updated by the local government unit.

 

The LCCAP is a REQUIREMENT for access to the People’s Survival Fund or RA 10174. The LCCAP of the LGU should be submitted to the Climate Change Commission for evaluation and deliberation for funding of climate change adaptation measures and plans by the LGU.

 

What does the Local Climate Change Adaptation for Development (LCCAD) bring to the table regarding LCCAP formulation training?

 

The Local Climate Change Adaptation for Development or LCCAD is the duly recognized service provider for LCCAP formulation by the Climate Change Commission. LCCAD has been in LCCAP formulation training service since February 2013. Nong C. Rangasa, Resident Trainer for LCCAP formulation in the Philippines and LCCAD Executive Director, 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:

  1. Adaptation Knowledge Platform (2013) (Understanding Adaptation Planning: Selected Case Studies in Nepal, Philippines and Vietnam); Partner Series No. 9. Stockholm Environmental Institute; Bangkok
  2. The Role of Local Government Units in Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation in the Philippines Dr. Rodel D. Lasco;
  3. AdaptNet Policy Forum 08-09-P-Ad, 30 September 2008; and
  4. 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.

LCCAD Executive Director Nong C. Rangasa, due to his vast experience in a global scale of the impacts of climate change and disasters, have trained hundreds of LGUs in the Philippines in the formulation of Local Climate Change Action Plan. His experience has been relegated to the LGUs, as well as the knowledge on CCA and DRVR, in order to properly craft the LCCAP. He also trained numerous barangays in Barangay Contingency and Recovery Plan (BCRP).

LCCAD accomplishments also prove that the non-profit organization is the leading service provider in transfer of knowledge on climate change adaptation, disaster risk & vulnerability reduction and formulation of LCCAP. Here are our accomplishments:

  • First Philippine Tourism Conference on Climate Change Adaptation (PTCCCA) was convened in Legazpi City under the initiative of LCCAD in collaboration with the Department of Tourism (DOT), the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Climate Change Commission (CCC) and the City Government of Legazpi. The conference was well attended because no less than DILG Secretary then Jesse Robredo issued a memo circular encouraging LGUs and stakeholders from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao to participate in the PTCCCA.
  • The conference gave birth to the Legazpi Declaration that recommended for the integration of climate change adaptation into the National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP), the ASEAN Tourism and CCC. The Legazpi Declaration was adopted by the First Malolos Green Covenant on Eco-Cultural Tourism, Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainable Development on the occasion of the 114th Anniversary of the Malolos Constitutional Congress held in the historical Barasoain Church in Malolos City, Bulacan where Malolos and Legazpi adopted each other as Sister Cities.
  • The Covenant was presented to the 3rd Regular Session of the 15th Congress urging Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III to adopt the Covenant and support the concerted call for action by national and local government agencies and stakeholders for local capacity building for climate-proofing land use plans and development programs and the public recognition of best practices and practitioners.
  • In the same period, LCCAD published the Philippine EPICENTRE Climate Change Magazine that carried success stories on climate change and best working practices of climate change mitigation and adaptation in the Philippines.
  • LCCAD hosted batch 3 of the Miss Earth Beauty Pageant during the celebration of Clean Air Month. The international beauties helped promote environmental protection and care for planet earth by planting trees in Barangay Bonga at the foot of Mt. Mayon.
  • In 2013, while the Philippines was recovering from the series of devastating cyclones like Reming, Ondoy, Pablo, Yolanda, etc., LCCAD Executive Director Manuel “Nong” C. Rangasa was commissioned as Technical Consultant in the Regional Unit for Social and Human Sciences in Asia and the Pacific (RUSHSAP); Educational for Sustainable Development (ESD); UNESCO Bangkok and the League of Municipalities of the Philippines.
  • He embarked on yet another first of its kind initiative in the country – the development of the User’s Manual for LGUs, a Guidebook for the Preparation of Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP). The Manual was drafted and tested by LCCAD with the Local Government Academy of the Philippines under the Capacity Building Program for Local CCA Mainstreaming of the Department of the Interior and Local Government and Training of Trainers of the 16 DILG regional offices at the LGA Center of the University of the Philippines Los Baños. The Program provides multi-lateral assistance to LGUs for conducting integrated local planning for climate change adaptation, disaster risk and vulnerability reduction in accordance with the related legal mandates of the LGUs.
  • In 2014 LCCAD became the resident trainer/mentor/coach of LGUs in the formulation of their LCCAPs through a Memorandum of Agreement with the LGA-DILG. This Training Workshop on the Formulation of LCCAP for LGUs in the Philippines will raise the level of competencies of field office personnel in the preparation of their climate change action plans in order for their LGUs to have access to the People’s Survival Fund as mandated under R.A. 10174.
  • In 2015 LCCAD collaborated with the DENR RO V, the Office of Congressman Fernando V. Gonzalez, of the 3rd District of Albay, the Provincial Government of Albay and the City government of Ligao for the establishment of the Burias-Ticao Pass Protected Seascape, a triangulation of the provinces of Albay, Masbate and Sorsogon for the protection and preservation of marine resources in the west coast of Albay. This initiative caused the creation of the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB). It also strengthened the convergence, collaboration, cooperation, co-optation and complementation among various national and local agencies and other stakeholders in addressing the vulnerability of sectors through rationalized investment policies, programs and activities. In like manner, it secured the interconnectivity that will support economic activities and cross-cutting development plans that are vertically and horizontally aligned to the Bicol Regional Development Plan.
  • Currently, the LCCAD is implementing the latest of its initiatives – the project “K to 12 Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation, Disaster Risk and Vulnerability Reduction: Learning Materials for Philippine Schools” in collaboration with the Office of the President – Climate Change Commission, the Department of Education, the House of Representatives – Special Committee on Climate Change, the Philippine Information Agency, City Government of Legazpi, the United Nations Development Programme, the Office of Congressman Fernando V. Gonzalez and the Office of City Mayor, Noel  Rosal. This Project seeks to develop explicit K to 12 Learning materials and teaching curriculum modules on CCA and DRVR in the primary, elementary and secondary levels.

 

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