Ortigas, Quezon City – A board meeting was held last Tuesday, January 30, by the Climate Change Commission (CCC) to implement the Exit Strategy and Sustainability Plan (ESSP) for the ReBUILD Project.
The Resilience Capacity Building for Cities and Municipalities to Reduce Disaster Risks from Climate Change and Natural Hazards, Phase 1 Project is administered by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with funding from the New Zealand Aid Programme (NZAP). The project was also made possible through the contribution of key agencies including DOST – PAGASA, OCD, DILG, DENR-RCBO, NEDA, HLURB, DPWH, PCW as well as the other partner CSOs and NGOs.
One of the main objectives of the project is to improve the capacity of local communities and stakeholders to address potential disaster risks from natural hazards and impacts of climate change by using science-based vulnerability and risk assessment in the formulation and implementation of their plans and actions. The beneficiaries of the project include the five pilot municipalities from Cagayan River Basin in Region II and Jalaur River Basin in Region VI. These consist of the City of Tuguegarao and the Municipality of Iguig in the province of Cagayan; and the City of Passi and Municipalities of Zarraga and Dumangas in the province of Iloilo.
For its part, the UP NOAH Center, core component of the UP Resilience Institute, helped the CCC develop the Geospatial Analytics National Platform (GANaP) which serves as a repository for the exposure, sensitivity, adaptive capacity, vulnerability and risk level data for the partner communities. The platform is embedded as a feature in the UP NOAH website so that Local Government Units (LGUs) can utilize the vulnerability and risk assessment features that will be produced through Project ReBUILD.