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LEGAZPI CITY – To access the P1-billion annual People’s Survival Fund (PSF) from the Climate Change Commission, the different government line agencies and the international financing and grant providing institutions, Barangay leaders, selected municipal and provincial disaster/adaptation officials all over the country may already book for their respective schedules to follow suit as the Local Government Units (LGUs) of Catarman and Capul, both of Northern Samar availed of a 3-day special rigid training on Community Climate Vulnerability & Disaster Risk Assessment (CCVDRA) in preparation for their respective Barangay Contingency and Adaptation Plans (BCAP).

The 3-day output oriented mentoring & coaching training-workshop will enable them to formulate plans of actions for adaptation (BCAP) based on their respective CCVDRA. This plan will serve as their document to seek funding support wherever applicable and to finance their infrastructure projects, institutional programs and activities toward building better resilient communities

Today’s CCVDRA-BCAP training is held in Quezon City for the 55 villages of Catarman and 12 villages from Capul held Sept. 6-8, 2017.

“This unique training consists of output-based workshops using their concrete empirical to science-based data that will equip them with highly valuable and real-time response and adaptation mechanisms to overcome the impacts of disasters due to climate change, on the lives, dwellings and properties of local communities,” said Philipinnes Green Economists, Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda who is also hailed as the UN First Senior Global Champion for Climate Change  Adaptation/Disaster Risk & Vulnerability Reduction (CCA/DRVR).

Salceda said this new training is one of the tangible responses to Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte’s call in his July 24 SONA to empower the communities across the country with the continuous development of a massive strategic and systematic approaches to disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery and rehabilitation down to the individual families in their respective communities.

The training uses a specially formulated module and is being rolled-out by the Local Climate Change Adaptation for Development (LCCAD) with Nong C. Rangasa as Executive Director and Resident Trainer  together with Albay 2D under Rep. Salceda and partners such as the City Government of Legazpi headed by Mayor Noel E. Rosal, the UP Resilience Institute (UPRI) under Dr. Mahar Lagmay, the different Liga ng Mga Barangay, and the Philippine Information Agency-Bicol under Regional Director Aida A. Naz, with popular support from Sen. Loren Legarda, UNISDR Senior Global Champion for Disster Risk Reduction, and different media entities from local to national and international outfits.

In line with these development, Salceda  sponsored a landmark House Bill 6075 for the creation of an independent, self-governing and strong Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR) to fortify the country’s calamity defense programs and help ensure inclusive growth and development for all.

Catarman Mayor Francisco C. Rosales Jr., who strongly believes and highly values the contribution of his barangays in the attainment of Zero-Fatality before during, after disasters, has committed to train them while encouraging other LGUs to also avail of the training on a first-come-first-served basis.##

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