About Project Climate Twin Phoenix
Implemented by the Climate Change Commission Philippines through the support of the United Nations Development Programme and the Australian Government, Project Climate Twin Phoenix is envisioned to be the first stage of a more comprehensive and long term capacity development program for cities and municipalities, addressing both risks from climate change and other related natural hazards. Through its activities, it seeks to move beyond awareness-building and into promoting informed decision-making and policy change at the local levels, thus empowering local governments and communities to work together in coming up with better plans, policies, and regulatory measures that will enable them to cope with natural disasters which are projected to increase in intensity and frequency due to climate change.
Typhoons in the past, specifically Washi (2011) and Bopha (2012) hitting the Cities of Cagayan De Oro and Iligan and the Provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental, respectively, had revealed the vulnerability of these localities to climate-related hazards such as heavy flooding, rain-induced landslides, storm surge and increasingly severe storms. The widespread devastation brought by these typhoons displaced more than a million people, caused damage to housing, infrastructure, agriculture and telecommunications, with a total damage estimated at P39 billion. Urgent attention and action are needed to assess vulnerabilities to climate-related risks and to identify measures that will enhance these localities’ adaptive capacity towards a changing climate.
In April 2012, the Project Climate Twin Phoenix (PCTP) was launched under the Climate Change Commission, with technical assistance from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Australian Government, as an urgent and more focused intervention prioritizing climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction actions and initiatives in the country’s cities and municipalities. Specifically, Project Climate Twin Phoenix implements its activities in the cities of Cagayan De Oro and Iligan and in the municipalities of Boston and New Bataan and Baganga and Cateel in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental provinces, respectively. Together with its responsible partners, Project Climate Twin Phoenix takes meaningful action in improving the adaptive capacities of communities and enabling them to cope with the impacts of climate change.
Project Climate Twin Phoenix aims to assess the community’s disaster vulnerabilities to geological, meteorological, and meteorologically-induced hazards due to climate change and use the results as basis for priority mitigation actions like the setting up of community based and managed early warning systems. The project also conducts massive information, education, and communications activities and campaigns to raise the awareness of communities on climate change and its impacts, as well as, enhance the competencies of local government units in mainstreaming climate and disaster risk reduction into local land use and development planning and regulatory processes.
Project Climate Twin Phoenix has partnered with different institutions and agencies to ensure the integrated delivery of outputs and management of financial resources. It is working with:
Local Government Units:
- Cagayan de Oro
- Compostela Valley
- Davao Oriental
- Municipal governments of Baganga, Boston, Cateel, New Bataan, and Opol
- Department of Science and Technology (DOST)
- Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA)
- Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS)
- Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
- National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA)
- Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB)
- Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB)
- National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Region 10
- Office of Civil Defense
- Xavier University
- Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology
- University of the Philippines