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SEARCA and CCC share outputs of ADB Technical Assistance in Upper Marikina for crafting LCCAP of Rodriguez, Rizal

Published on 16 November 2015 KC3 News

Dr. Esteban Godilano, SEARCA and ERGONS GIS Specialist, and Mr. Alexis Lapis, CCC Ecotown Program Coordinator share the outputs of the ADB Technical Assistance on Climate Resilience and Green Growth in the Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape: Demonstrating the Ecotown Framework.Dr. Esteban Godilano, SEARCA and ERGONS GIS Specialist, and Mr. Alexis Lapis, CCC Ecotown Program Coordinator share the outputs of the ADB Technical Assistance on Climate Resilience and Green Growth in the Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape: Demonstrating the Ecotown Framework.

CALAMBA CITY, Philippines – SEARCA and the Climate Change Commission (CCC) facilitated the Local Climate Change Action Planning Workshop of the Municipality of Rodriguez in the province of Rizal on 22-23 October 2015 held in Monte Vista, Pansol, Calamba City. The planning workshop aimed at preparing the Municipal Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP) in accordance with the Memorandum Circular of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for all provinces/cities/municipalities to formulate and implement the LCCAP.

The participants in the workshop identified the hazards in key areas of agriculture, health, forest, water, public infrastructure, and solid waste management, as well as proposed 36 priority measures to address flooding, landslide, erosion, and drought.

SEARCA and CCC shared the outputs of ADB TA-8111-PH-Climate Resilience and Green Growth in Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape (UMRBPL): Demonstrating the Ecotown Framework during the workshop. Mr. Alexis Lapis, Overall Ecotown Program Coordinator, discussed the Policy and Institutional Mechanisms: Leveling on Roles and Responsibilities on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, while Dr. Esteban Godilano, GIS Specialist, presented the Vulnerability Assessment of Rodriguez. Likewise, Dr. Lope B. Santos III, PDTS Program Specialist, discussed the Multi-Criteria Variate Analysis (MCVA) and Proposed Priority Interventions for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation. Dr. Nicomedes Briones, Natural Resources Management Specialist, also shared insights on the accounting and valuation of agriculture, water, and forest in UMRBPL, particularly in the Municipality of Rodriguez. Ergons Project Management Consultant (ERGONS) is a partner of SEARCA in implementing the said TA.

The workshop was attended by representatives from various departments of the municipality, Sangguniang Bayan, barangays, and non-government and peoples organizations.

Once the draft LCCAP is completed, the document will be presented to an expanded multi-stakeholders forum to include private sector and development partners. It is expected that the LCCAP will be presented to the Sangguniang Bayan and the Municipal Mayor for adoption and mainstreaming to the Municipal Development Plan and Annual Investment Plan (AIP).

Ms. Roselia Agsalud, Ecotown Coordinator of CCC and the Municipal Planning Office of Rodriguez assisted in the facilitation of the workshops.