UP RI Mandated to Empower LGUs in 2018 General Appropriations Act

The General Appropriations Act of 2018 was signed into law last December 19, 2017 and detailed the P3.767 trillion national budget for the year 2018.

The UP Resilience Institute is included in the budget appropriations for the State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), which received a 5.79% increase in its budget compared to 2017.

“The University of the Philippines Resilience Institute (UP RI), together with other state universities and colleges, shall support the Climate Change Commission in training LGUs to formulate and complete Local Climate Change Action Plans (LCCAP) and Comprehensive Land Use and Development Plans (CLUDP). The UPRI shall empower LGUs with science-based information and technologies for development planning, such as Climate Vulnerability and Disaster Risk Assessment (CVDRA) and multi-scenario, probabilistic hazard models.”

This echoed Senator Loren Legarda’s statement during the Senate Finance Committee hearing on the proposed 2018 budgets of State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on September 21, 2017.

“If all the SUCs (State Universities and Colleges) will help the LGUs (Local Government Units) in the respective areas, mapapabilis (it will be expedited), we’ll finish it by 2018. ‘Yan ang target natin (That’s our target), but I need a shepherd; I need a lead, and that lead will be UP Resilience Institute. That’s part of your mandate. So, may I request UP to lead all other SUCs to help CCCom teach local governments to complete their LCCAPs (Local Climate Change Action Plan).”

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