LEGAZPI CITY – In response to the call of Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte to mainstream Climate Change Adaptation (CCA), Disaster Risk and Vulnerability Reduction (DRVR) into Local Development Planning processes, and the country’s commitment to the Paris Agreement, the Local Climate Change Adaptation for Development (LCCAD) spearheads a new series of trainings in this city to continuously provide mentoring and coaching activities on the formulation of Local Climate Change Action Plans (LCCAP) in the Philippines and Federalism for Local Government Units from different parts of the country together with partners, now including the University of the Philippines National Operational Assessment of Hazards (UP-NOAH) Center and the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP), headed by Mayor Maria Fe Brondial, Socorro Oriental Mindoro and League of Cities of the Philippines headed by Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan of Angeles City, Pampanga and the Special Committee on Climate Change of the House of Representatives headed by Ako Bikol Partylist Rep. Christopher S. Co.
With popular support from Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Champion, Senator Loren Legarda, Climate Change Commission (CCC), headed by Under Secretary Noel Antonio Gaerlan, the United Nations Global Senior Champion for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction, Philippine Green Economist and Second Congressional District of Albay, Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda; University of the Philippines; National Institute of Geological Sciences (UP NIGS); and UP NOAH Center, the 2017 National Roll-out has been continuously ongoing from January this year in Quezon City (January-March), and April – May in Legazpi City.
“During the first quarter (Jan-March), five 3-day sessions have already been conducted with Local Government Unit (LGU) representatives from MIMAROPA, Central Luzon, Caraga, Davao Region, Socsksargen, Albay, ARRM, CAR, and Western Visayas,” says LCCAD Executive Director and LCCAP Resident Trainer, Nong C. Rangasa.
For this year’s Second Quarter roll-out, Batch 11 consists of 13 LGUs that availed of the training for April 26-28, at the St. Ellis Hotel, this city. Batch 11, 2017 participants are from Cavite City, Cavite; Gen. E. Aguinaldo, Cavite; Silvino Lubos, Norther Samar; San Isidro, Northern Samar; Mauban, Quezon; Gen. Mariano Alvarez, Cavite (GMA Cavite); Indang Cavite; Lopez Jaena Misamis Occidental; Masbate City, Masbate; Tanza, Cavite; Iriga City, Camarines Sur; and Catanauan, Quezon.
Tentative schedules are being drawn for the coming months of May and June to complete the Q2 on a first-come-first-served basis
Salceda pointed out that the National Roll-out targets all (LGUs) pondering on the LCCAP formulation and its eventual implementation. The LCCAP is a document designed and created by the ‘trained’ LGUs regarding climate change adaptation plans in their respective locality.
This is necessary because LGUs–some more than others–may be affected by the impacts of climate change (which may include an increase in frequency or intensity of hydro meteorological hazards such as flood, landslides, and storm surges) and accelerated sea level rise, proving the need for localized capacity building programs to boost their resiliency. “So this will be a conducive platform for the LGUs to accelerate practical learning experiences for the mainstreaming of CCA/DRVR in the local plans,” said Salceda.
“The aim is to capacitate and mobilize LGUs since they are more familiar with the community adaptation-based approach and their importance to community livelihoods, environment, and homes. LGUs are also better at directing, commanding and mobilizing human resources, have wider access to local information, indigenous knowledge and communities for local actions, measures and activities, Rangasa also explained.
Because adaptation starts with disaster risk reduction, the LCCAD partnered with UP-NOAH, the LMP and LCP delivers presentations on the project’s hazard maps and their importance in addressing the country’s issues in climate change adaptation. Represented by Dr. Mahar Lagmay, NOAH stresses the importance of probabilistic and scenario-based hazard maps and their advantages over deterministic maps. According to Lagmay, probabilistic and scenario-based hazard maps take into account climate change projections and future events, while deterministic maps portray hazard scenarios that have already happened and usually only within living memory. As mentioned in the LCCAP preparation manual, emphasis should be given on preparing for future hazards.
The training sessions also include a short discussion on federalism on the last day, positing the factors of the proposal and the possible changes it could bring to each province.
The LGUs are the front-liners in the fight against climate change. With these programs, we are strengthening the capacity of the leaders of this nation and their constituents, and we are now gearing towards a disaster-resilient and climate change-adaptive country.
The LCCAP formulation training workshops have been continuously on the ground since its pilot project in 2013 at the University of the Philippines, Los Baños (UPLB), in Legazpi City and Catarman, N. Samar, then back to Legazpi, Naga City in 2016, Manila in Q1 of 2017 and here onwards.
Rangasa added that the training workshop being a learning-by-doing experience that boosts their individual LGU competencies towards the attainment of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and Sendai Framework for DRR 2030.
Said training workshops have been undertaken with new and pioneer partners that includes the Philippine Information Agency, Bicol Regional Office headed by Regional Director Aida Alcazar Naz, Albay 3rd District Representative Fernando V. Gonzalez, Ligao City Mayor Patricia Gonzalez Alsua as well as LCCAP Champion and Legazpi City Mayor Noel E. Rosal. (/Rey Nasol)