LCCAP brings out all that’s best in Southern Tagalog LGUs on adaptation
QUEZON CITY – Technical teams from various Local Government Units (LGUs) of southern tagalog region are awed to discover their potential capabilities in concretizing Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) policies to enhance, upgrade and the sustainability of their Disaster Risk & Vulnerability Reduction (DRVR) strategies into their policy inputs for long term development out of harm’s way before, during and after calamities.
After this 3-day (metoring/coaching) training workshop on the formulation of their respective Local Climate Change Action Plans (LCCAPs), they say this is the time for them to access the P3-billion People’s Survival Fund from the Climate Change Commission (CCC) as guaranteed under Republic Act 9729 (Climate Change Act of 2009) as amended by Republic Act 10174 (Peoples’ Survival Fund of 2012.
The Local Climate Change Adaptation for Development (LCCAD) headed by Executive Director/Resident Trainer, Nong C. Rangasa, conducts the series of trainings to continuously provide mentoring and coaching activities on the formulation of LCCAP in the Philippines for LGUs from different parts of the country together with partners, the 2nd Congressional District Office of UN First Senior Global Champion for Climate Change Adaptation/Disaster Risk & Vulnerability Reduction, Philippine Green Economist, Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda, the University of the Philippines National Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH) Resilience Institute (UP-RI), League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP), headed by Mayor Maria Fe Brondial, Socorro Oriental Mindoro, the Special Committee on Climate Change of the House of Representatives, LCCAP Champion, City Mayor Noel E. Rosal of Legazpi, Rep Fernando V. Gonzales of 3rd District of Albay and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) under Bicol Regional Director Aida A. Naz, with popular support from United National International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) Global Champion for DRR, Senate Committee Chair for Climate Change, Senator Loren Legarda and Undersecretary Noel Antonio V. Gaerlan of the Climate Change Commission (CCC).
“The LCCAP, which is a stand-alone document capable of being integrated to Comprehensive Local Development Plans (CLDP) and Comprehensive Land Use and Development Plan (CLUDP), is the LGUs documentation for accessing the PSF, the different fund supports from government line agencies and the international financial/grant agencies, to finance the projects and programs pertaining to their CCA/DRVRs,” said Albay 2nd Dist. Rep Joey Sarte Salceda who is also known as the Philippine Green Economist, United Nations First Senior Global Champion for CCA/DRVR, also the father of household byword Zero ‘Casualty.’
The first half of the duration of the event consists of discussion on existing laws, sciences and concerns to be addressed by the frontliners in the localities while the second half consists of the grueling workshops where the participants immediately put out their respective initial documents and are allowed to present before the group for critiquing, sharing and further upgrades.
The current groups mostly from Quezon province, Batangas, Rizal, Marinduque and Palawan have manifested the unique abilities of LGUs in formulating their policies based on scientific data base which they themselves gather from the ‘ground’ and from proven sciences.
Rangasa, Salceda and the partners all work together to inculcate into processes that “at this time, only adaptation is the best option that can guarantee attainment of a zero risk and exposure goal provided that it is scientifically-based and appropriately implemented, hence, more effective, less expensive and more sustainable than short term preventive measures like pre-emptive evacuation or reactive responses such as rescue and relief operations.” ##