MANILA, Philippines – SEARCA, in association with the ERGONS Project Marketing Consultants (EPMC), presented to the Climate Change Commission (CCC) the findings of the bio-physical impact and vulnerability assessments (VA) on the Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape (UMRBPL) on 4 February 2014. The study is a component of the Asian Development Bank (ADB)-funded technical assistance entitled, Climate Resilience and Green Growth in the UMRBPL: Demonstrating the Eco-town Framework. The project covers five local government units (LGUs) in the province of Rizal, namely: Antipolo City, Baras, Rodriguez, San Mateo, and Tanay.
Dr. Esteban Godillano, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist, presented the bio-physical impact assessment using available data from various national government agencies, LGUs, and the acquired satellite imagery integrated into GIS maps. The assessment shows a fast land use change from 2004 to 2012 indicating threats of deforestation and built up areas. The UMRBPL drains water to Lower Marikina down to Manila Bay.