Tacloban City, 14-16 July 2015 | The Climate Change Office celebrates the National Disaster Consciousness Month as it launched the flood modeling, natural resource assessment, and community-based climate and disaster risk reduction and management (CBC/DRRM) components of the Resilience and Preparedness toward Inclusive Development (RAPID) with partner local governments in the Leyte and Samar provinces. This year’s theme, “Pamilya at Pamayanang Handa, Katuwang sa Pag-unlad ng Bansa”, underscores the importance of safe, resilient, and progressive individuals, families, and communities – which RAPID intends to pursue through local planning and regulatory processes that is guided by science-based knowledge.
Partners from PAGASA, the University of the Philippines, and Visayas State University, came to discuss the various initiatives and sought assistance from the local governments in the conduct of field surveys and validation of the methodology for flood modelling. “Our main intention is to involve you, our local stakeholders to ensure that what we are doing meet your needs and expectations”, said Assistant Secretary Goco of the Climate Change Office.
Around 40 representatives from the target local government units attended the three-day workshop in Tacloban City. Climate-adjusted flood hazard maps will be produced for the municipalities of Abuyog, MacArthur, Dulag, Mayorga, Tolosa, Tanuan, Palo, Basey, Lawaan and Balangiga, through watershed and flood modeling. Studies on coastal and surface flooding, which will consider the potential impacts of climate change, shall also be done for the coastal municipalities of Tacloban and Marabut.
An assessment of forest, water, agricultural lands, coastal, and marine resources shall be undertaken to better understand the productive and protective services which the communities may harness.
Rodulfo Cabias, Municipal Planning and Development Officer of Abuyog, Leyte, said that while their experience in 2013 raised their awareness on the importance of disaster preparedness, LGUs need science-based knowledge that will help them minimize the effect of another massive catastrophic event such as their experience with typhoon Yolanda.
“We consider community-based DRRM as an important agenda, because at the end of the day it is the community that should foster a sense of resilience to protect its members”, Ms. Alagcan from the Australian Embassy mentioned.
Additionally, Ms. Manal from UNDP emphasized the value of consistent exchange of useful information among different stakeholders in the community. “Experts alone cannot accomplish these endeavors. We recognize the value of building the analytical frameworks through a participatory process.”
RAPID will conduct additional workshops for two more consecutive weeks to cap off the month of July – CBC/DRRM orientation, stakeholders mapping, and planning workshops for all RAPID municipalities
The RAPID Program is being implemented by the Climate Change Commission as a component of Project Climate Twin Phoenix, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme and the Australian Government. RAPID supports the long-term recovery of 12 local government units which were affected by Typhoon Haiyan, namely, Tacloban City, Palo, Tanauan, Tolosa, Dulag, Mayorga, MacArthur, Abuyog, Basey, Marabut, Lawaan, and Balangiga by strengthening capacities of communities to manage climate and disaster risks.
Presentations during the three-day workshops are available at: projectclimatetwinphoenix.com/resource-library.