THE national government urged local government units to complete their Emergency Operation Plans toward mainstreaming a Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation (DRR-CCA).
This was the main objective of the follow-up workshop on DRR/CCA mainstreaming, hosted on January 21-24, 2014 by the National Economic and Development Authority-Regional Development Coordinating Staff (NEDA-RDCS) at University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.
NEDA’s Dr. Candido Cabrido, Jr. said that aside from enhanced Provincial Development Physical Framework Plans (PDPFPs) of provinces, there is also a need to prepare an Emergency Operation Plan at the municipal level and Contingency Plan at the barangay level.
Officials said some local Provincial Development Physical Framework Plans were presented and critiqued during the meeting, and that the five component provinces of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao would have to up with their own PDPFPs.
The training is supported by the UNDP and the European Commission Humanitarian Aid with the objective of helping the provincial development planners finalize their Disaster Risk Assessment (DRA) and Climate Change and Vulnerability Assessment (CCVA) reports.
Some provinces came up with their PDPFP during the October 21-26, 2013 training workshop on Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation (DRR/CCA) in local development planning and decision-making processes.
NEDA officials explained that PDPFP planning phases should cover: 1) Vision setting; 2) Planning Environment Assessment; 3) Development Issues and Problems Identification and Analysis; 4) Goals, Objectives and Target Setting; and 5) Strategies, Programs, Projects and Activities (PPAs) formulation.
Important information for mainstreaming in the PDPFP covers the key results and findings of the Disaster Risk Assessment (DRA); Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment (CCVA); and the measures to reduce disaster risk; and adapt to Climate Change Vulnerability (CCV).
Rosauro de Leon of NEDA-RDCS stressed that the training program will end this year, but he challenged the provincial representatives to complete their enhanced PDPFPs by the end of March 2014 and thereafter submit to the NEDA-RDCS.
The Regional Planning and Development Office and the ARMM component provinces of Basilan, Tawi-Tawi, Sulu and Maguindanao took part in the follow-up activity with the finalized draft of enhanced Disaster Risk Assessment/Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment using tables and maps and PDPFP as their major outputs. Some experts on DRR/CCA and map preparation from UP-Diliman were also present.
The conduct of similar activities is required under Republic Act No. 9729 otherwise known as the Climate Change Act of 2009 or “An Act Mainstreaming Climate Change into Government Policy Formulations, Establishing the Framework Strategy and Program on Climate Change, Creating for this Purpose the Climate Change Commission, and For Other Purposes”. (NMH of RPDO-ARMM)