ACCCRN local governments in PHL draft climate change action plans
Over 50 officers and staff from 15 Philippine local governments set out to draft their Local Climate Change Action Plans at a Writeshop organized by ICLEI SEAS under the Asian Cities Climate Resilience Network.

The goal of local climate change resilience in the Philippines was brought one step closer as officials and staff from 15 local governments gathered in Panglao Island, Bohol, on September 29 to October 2 to draft their Local Climate Change Action Plans (LCCAP), at a Writeshop organized by ICLEI SEAS under the Asian Cities Climate Resilience Network (ACCCRN).

ACCCRN is a multi-year initiative by the Rockefeller Foundation to strengthen the capacity of rapidly-urbanizing cities in building urban climate change resilience. In the Philippines, the 15 local governments have completed the ICLEI-ACCCRN Process, a methodology for assessing climate risks on vulnerable urban systems and developing corresponding resilience strategies, over the past year.

The Writeshop was organized in order to assist the local governments in putting together their LCCAPs, based on the outputs of the ICLEI-ACCCRN Process, and according to guidelines issued by the Local Government Academy of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG-LGA). LCCAP formulation and implementation is required of Philippine local governments under the Climate Change Act of 2009 (R.A. No. 9729).

The 15 local governments comprise the cities of Tuguegarao, Baguio, San Fernando (La Union), Catbalogan, Borongan, Naga, Batangas, Santa Rosa, Marikina, Makati, and Quezon City; the municipalities of Bacnotan, Tublay, and La Trinidad; and the province of Bohol. In all, over 50 local government officers and staff attended the Writeshop.

The writing sessions were informed by discussions on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (CCA-DRR) integration in resilience-building, led by Ms. Jessica Dator-Bercilla, Senior Advocacy and Policy Officer at Christian Aid, and on LCCAP formulation by Mr. Elmo Dimaano of DILG-LGA. Aside from ICLEI SEAS staff, Mr. Rico Ancog and Ms. Ayesha Sarapuddin of the University of the Philippines–Los Baños School of Environmental Science and Management (UPLB SESAM) and Ms. Dator-Bercilla assisted the local government staff in the writing process.

The draft LCCAPs are expected to be finalized in the next few months for adoption by the City or Municipal Councils. Components of the LCCAP are then to be integrated into the local governments’ Comprehensive Land Use Plan, Comprehensive Development Plan, or Executive-Legislative Agenda, as the case may be.

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