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Climate Change Commission to Train Trainers on Local Climate Action Planning

Published on 25 July 2017 Philippines

The Climate Change Commission is set to train faculties of state universities and colleges (SUCs) and national government agencies to mentor local chief executives and development planners as they prepare and update their Local Climate Change Action Plans or LCCAPs. As required by Republic Act No. 9729 or the Climate Change Act of 2009, the LCCAPs will help LGUs to effectively prepare and respond to the adverse effects of climate change in their communities.

The first round of trainings, dubbed "Coaches' Training on the Enhanced LCCAP Guidebook,” is held on July 25 to 28, 2017 in Quezon City. This undertaking is in partnership with the Department of the Interior and Local Government–Local Government Academy (DILG-LGA).

Climate Change Secretary Emmanuel de Guzman expects these trainings to expedite the completion of the LCCAPs of all local government units (LGUs). “Equipping our faculties in state universities and colleges with a set of standard teaching modules on basic analytical and planning tools, called Communities for Resilience (CORE) Modules, will help ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of teaching local officials on risk-and-science-based local development planning," he said.

"Having an LCCAP also gives the LGU an edge in accessing climate finance as it provides context and justification of any funding request from sources, such as the People's Survival Fund," De Guzman explained.

De Guzman said that this training initiative is supported by formal agreements between the CCC and 37 SUCs to provide technical services to all 1,710 LGUs, including provincial governments, throughout the country. He added that the trainings are part of the second wave of the Communities for Resilience (CORE) Initiative that the CCC launched together with key national government agencies and development partners in March 2016 in Davao City.

“These trainings will eventually enable SUCs to deliver the technical training LGUs need to make a good LCCAP—one that defines local risks and community-based climate actions, strengthens local risk governance, ensures resilience of livelihoods, preserves ecosystems integrity, promotes indigenous people and cultural resilience, and supports early recovery planning," De Guzman added.

The Commission targets training about 400 trainers nationwide, mostly science and development planning professors from SUCs, learning research institutions, provincial disaster risk reduction and management offices, and regional offices of DENR and PAGASA.

The Commission has divided the participants into four clusters: Cluster 1 will have participants from Regions I, II, III, and the Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR); Cluster 2 will cover participants from the National Capital Region (NCR), Regions IV-A, IV-B and V; Cluster 3 will focus on Regions VI, VII, VIII, the Negros Island Region, and Region XIII; and Cluster 4 will center on Regions IX, X, XI, XII and the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Trainings for Cluster 2, 3, and 4 are held in August in Manila, Cebu, and Davao.

Source: Climate Change Commission | 25 July 2017