3 LGUs prepare climate change action strategies
LEGAZPI CITY, July 27 — At least three towns from the provinces of Marinduque, Cavite, and Laguna have crafted their respective local climate change adaptation action plan as part of their Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) program, making these local government units (LGUs) resilient in times of natural and man-made calamities including other environmental concerns.
Representatives of the LGUs of Boac, Marinduque, Mendez-Nunez, Cavite and Calauan, Laguna are attending the Local Climate Change Adaptation for Development (LCCAD) training-workshop that started Wednesday till Friday for the formulation of Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP) for each LGU in the country being held at Ninong’s Hotel, in this city.
Mayor Atty Frederick Vida of Mendez-Nuñez, Cavite said “we expect to gain substantial knowledge and skills to capacitate us even more in terms of making our communities more resilient by identifying hazards (man-made and natural); planning for interventions; and be able to reduce risk while increasing resiliency with improved capacities”, during the opening of the workshop.
Manuel “Nong” Rangasa, the LCCAD executive director, on Thursday told the PNA that the ongoing event is part of the continuing National Roll Out in partnership with the League of Municipalities of the Philippines; Albay 2nd District Representative and Philippine Green Economist/UN First Senior Global Champion for Climate Change Adaptation-Disaster Risk & Vulnerability Reduction (CCA-DRVR), Joey Sarte Salceda; LCCAP Champion City Mayor Noel E. Rosal of Legazpi City; League of Cities of the Philippines;the Special Committee on Climate Change of the House of Representatives; Albay 3rd District Rep. Fernando V. Gonzalez and the Philippine Information Agency.
As mandated by laws and Memo circulars, the LCCAD together with partners enlist LGUs to the ongoing roll-out/series of training-workshops LCCAP and Barangay Contingency & Recovery Plan (BCRP) and Comprehensive Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction Management Training, Rangasa said.
“It will be to the LGU’s advantage if they send complete teams consisting their respective Planning Officer, Health Officer, DRRMO, Agriculturist, Engineer, Tourism Officer, Environment Officer, Barangay Captains, Council, Barangay Secretary and other technical manager— for this highly valuable mentoring/coaching technical writing training workshop for the best interest of the constituents,” Rangasa explained.
He added that LGUs who send incomplete team may have to re-train their team to complete the process.
The training-workshop involves technical writing sessions wherein teams are expected to come up with outputs on Coastal, Health, Agriculture, Water, Forestry, Biodiversity, Education, Environment, Energy, Infrastructure, Tourism, Security/Settlement and Mining and other relevant aspects of Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk and Vulnerability Reduction.
The documentary outputs will enable LGUs to access the annual Php1-billion People’s Survival Fund, as well as funding supports from various National Government Agencies and International Financial Institutions, Rangasa explained.
The LCCAD is the national climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk and vulnerability reduction (DRVR) training institution and service provider recognized by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) that provides theoretical moorings to multiple stakeholders, including the educational sector and national and local government units (LGUs). (Connie Destura/PNA)