The League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) and the Local Climate Change Adaptation for Development (LCCAD) group are currently spearheading Training-Workshops on the Formulation of the LCCAP in the Philippines and Federalism. With support from Climate Change Commission (CCC), the Second District of Albay headed by Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda, University of the Philippines, UP NIGS, and Project NOAH, the 2017 National Roll-out has been continuously ongoing from January to March this year at the Sequoia Hotel in Quezon City. Five three-day sessions have already been conducted with LGU representatives from MIMAROPA, Central Luzon, Caraga, Davao Region, Socsksargen, Albay, ARRM, CAR, and Western Visayas.
The National Roll-out targets all Local Government Units (LGUs) through the League, discussing the formulation of the Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP) and its eventual implementation. The LCCAP is a document designed and created by the LGU regarding climate change adaptation plans in their locality.
This is necessary because LGUs–some more than others–may be affected by the impacts of climate change (which may include an increase in frequency or intensity of hydrometeorological hazards such as flood, landslides, and storm surges) and accelerated sea level rise, proving the need for localized capacity building programs to increase resiliency.
The aim is to capacitate and mobilize LGUs since they are more familiar with the community adaptation-based approach and their importance to community livelihoods, environment, and homes. LGUs are also better at directing, commanding and mobilizing human resources, have wider access to local information, indigenous knowledge and communities for local actions, measures and activities.
Because adaptation starts with disaster risk reduction, Project NOAH partnered with the LMP and LCCAD and delivered presentations on the project’s hazard maps and their importance in addressing the country’s issues in climate change adaptation. Represented by Dr. Mahar Lagmay, NOAH stresses the importance of probabilistic and scenario-based hazard maps and their advantages over deterministic maps. According to Lagmay, probabilistic and scenario-based hazard maps take into account climate change projections and future events, while deterministic maps portray hazard scenarios that have already happened and usually only within living memory. As mentioned in the LCCAP preparation manual, emphasis should be given on preparing for future hazards.
The training sessions also included a short discussion on federalism on the last day, positing the factors of the proposal and the possible changes it could bring to each province.
The LGUs are the front-liners in our fight against climate change. With these programs, we are strengthening the capacity of the leaders of this nation and their constituents, and we are now gearing towards a disaster-resilient and climate change-adaptive country.