PSF is only for adaptation projects – Gaerlan

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QUEZON CITY – The Climate Change Commission (CCC) has clarified that the People’s Survival Fund (PSF) is only intended for financing of Adaptation projects and programs of the 1,643 Local Government Units (LGUs).

This was revealed by Undersecretary Noel Antonio V. Gaerlan during his inspirational/guidance address at the 3-day training workshop (Sept 6-8) on the formulation of Community Climate Vulnerability & Disaster Risk Assessment in preparation for Barangay Contingency & Adaptation Plan (CCVDRA-BCAP) held at the Brentwood Suites here.

Gaerlan told the participants composed of all the 55 barangay captains of Catarman and 12 from Capul, both of Northern Samar, that the CCC will assist them in the actual proposal writing to access the P1-billion yearly allocation from the agency.

Citing the case of Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP) of municipal and city LGUs, Gaerlan said that “Out of the 1,643 LGUs, there were 1115 LCCAP submitted and accepted by the DILG for their Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG), but I’m not sure if all of them were confirmed fit to also be accepted by CCC for PSF funding.”

Pondering on ADAPTATION, Gaerlan lauded the unique and comprehensive training workshop by the Local Climate Change Adaptation for Development (LCCAD) through mentoring and coaching/sharing of practical learning experiences on learning by doing of LGUs as he likewise encouraged them to plan properly because LCCAP is not just for compliance to the law but primarily to safeguard the communities. “It is for you to be able to plan properly so that you are already prepared once the calamities come and save lives, properties and resources. The LCCAP document is also your input to your LGU’s Comprehensive Land Use and Development Plan (CLUDP). We are dealing with so many uncertainties now so the old experiences no longer fit as basis for planning but more scientifically on adaptive consideration of all probabilities when planning ahead of time.”

Gaerlan also assured the LGUs that aside from direct guidance to LGUs applying for the PSF, the CCC has ‘relaxed’ to some extent, the criteria and policies to make the funding more accessible for as long as their plans include vulnerability assessment to risk assessment and anticipatory adaptation measures/strategies and techniques. “We have to invest on data and information and there has to be some initiative on the LGUs to generate that information, while at the same time the cabinet cluster is currently conducting ‘wise investments’ on national risk and vulnerability analyses.

The above training is first of a series (Batch-1) of the CCVDRA-BCAP with Catarman and Capul as ‘Model LGUs’ spearheaded by the LCCAD in partnership with Philippine 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), the LGUs of Capul and Catarman.

LCCAD Executive Director and Resident Trainer for LCCAP-CCVDRA-BCAP in the Philippines, Nong C. Rangasa said that the series of trainings also serve ‘pilot’ project for the much awaited enactment into law of House Bill 6075 known as the creation of the Department of Disaster Resilience of the Philippines under the sponsorship of Salceda. ##

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