Thirty eight participants coming from various local government units (LGUs) in the Philippines participated in the Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP) Training-Workshop held at Casablanca Hotel at Peñaranda St., Legazpi City, Albay last March 16 -18, 2016.
The workshop, hosted by the Local Climate Change Adaptation for Development (LCCAD) and the Climate Change Commission (CCC), was joined in by the 32nd batch of LGUs comprised of Dasmariñas City, Cavite; Malimono, Surigao del Norte; Libacao, Aklan and Cotabato province. LCCAD Executive Director Manuel “Nong” C. Rangasa was the trainer of the three-day confab.
On the morning of the March 16, Dir. Rangasa welcomed the participants and provided the lectures on the brief history of disaster risk and vulnerability reduction (DRVR) and climate change adaptation (CCA). The participating LGUs also presented their Climate Change Gallery outputs which displayed the visual representation of their LGU’s vulnerability and risks to disasters and calamities. In the afternoon, Sir Nong gave the lectures on the legal frameworks and mandates on climate change act of 2009 and MDRRM Act of 2010, Enhancing LGU Capacity on Climate Change Adaptation,DRVR Reduction Management, climate change and its impact and the science of climate change. Afterwards, the first write shop on LGU Framework on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk and Vulnerability Reduction took place.
The next day, the LGUs exhibited their outputs of the first technical write shop. The city government of Dasmariñas, Cavite presented first. During the presentation, Dir. Rangasa suggested that the LGUs should ask assistance from various non-government organizations (NGOs) and government agencies for funding and procurement of technologies for CCA and DRVR. He also expressed that the LGUs and other agencies must not “copy and paste” references from sources the internet and must provide ample knowledge (including references) regarding disasters and climate change. He added that the K-to-12 integration of CCA and DRVR will address the said issue. He also suggested that the Dasmariñas LGU could look into waste-to-energy technologies regarding their materials recovery facilities (MRF).
Afterwards, the Provincial Government of Cotabato presented their output. The Sangguniang Panlalawigan officer told that the province is called Cotabato not North Cotabato. Dir. Rangasa noted that the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) only has a minimal number of personnel. He also reiterated that the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) is the main agency which should be inquired during disaster except earthquake, tsunami and volcanic eruptions which are under Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS). He added that the LGU should attach the memo and advisory from said agencies and should not be plagiarized or copied by the LGUs. Moreover, Sir Nong told that the volunteers during disasters must be insured by the LGU. “What is P100 for every volunteer for a year?”, he expressed. He also verbalized that the DRR office could insert said insurance funding through other projects with assistance from the mayors or through the governor. The LGUs of Malimono, Surigao del Norte and Libacao, Aklan were not able to present due to time constraints. The LCCAP resident trainer assured that he will critique the output of the two LGUs.
After the presentation of the Dasmariñas City and the province of Cotabato, Dir. Rangasa proceeded with the lecture on Capacity Building for Mainstreaming CCA in the Local Government. He also told the LGUs to get trainings on the use of Rapid Earthquake Damage Assessment System (REDAS) and the SimClim, a computer model system for examining effects of climate variability. After the lecture, the participants were given materials for the 2nd workshop on V&A Matrix for Institutional Capacity Tools. In the afternoon, the participating LGUs continued with the workshop. After the LGUs finished their given tasks, Dir. Rangasa continued in the presentation of lectures and expounded on the importance of the LCCAP training.
On the morning of the last day, the participants continued on the formulation of their LGU’s LCCAP while Dir. Rangasa went to Ligao City for the signing of the memorandum of agreement on the construction of the Institute of Asia Pacific on Climate Change. The institute, in partnership with several national and international organizations, will be placed near Kawa-Kawa Hill at the said city.
In the afternoon, Dir. Rangasa critiqued the presentation of the LCCAPs of the different LGUs. He praised the presentations of the LGUs. One of the members of the contingency of Cotabato inquired on about the Mindanao Geothermal Production Field. He asked Dir. Rangasa about the process on how to have a direct line from the geothermal power plant to their province. Sir Nong informed him that the power produced by the Energy Development Corporation (EDC) must be initially transferred to other areas (in Mindanao) because the province would not be able to take in the overload of produced electricity. Dir. Rangasa also recommended that the LGU could look into the use of wind energy to produce power due to the proximity of Mt. Apo. He also suggested that the LGUs should propose projects with the different government agencies and must have a partnership with the private sector in times of disaster (e.g. price of canned goods, stock of sacks of rice for relief goods, etc.).
After the presentations, Dir. Rangasa, together with the Dasmariñas City Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) member, handed out the certificates of completion to the participants.
During the three-day workshop, the participants were given kits and handouts regarding the training and the importance of the formulation of LCCAP. The participants were also shown short documentaries regarding the different disasters and climate change.
Gremil Alexis A. Naz
LCCAD Staff Member