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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Legazpi cited top finalist in Climate-Adaptive, Disaster Resilient award

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept. 14 (PIA) –- The city government here  has been listed on top of the two other Luzon cities chosen as finalists in the inaugural Climate-Adaptive and Disaster-Resilient (CLAD) Award which recognizes this year's local governments which set an exemplary implementation of innovative strategies to manage climate and disaster risks.

In a letter received recently by Mayor Noel Rosal, CLAD Award vice-chairperson and Climate Change Commission (CCC) executive director Mary Ann Lucille Sering cited Legazpi City on top of the two other cities, Malolos (Bulacan) and Sorsogon (Sorsogon), chosen as finalists in the City Category of the awards program.

Finalists in the Municipal Category include Tublay, Benguet; Canaman, Camarines Sur; and Mercedes, Camarines Norte for Luzon; Dumangas, Iloilo; and Palompon, Leyte for the Visayas; and Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur for Mindanao.

Final presentation and judging, according to Sering’s letter dated Aug. 7, will be held this month

The CLAD awards program highlights outstanding climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (CCA-DRR) practices of cities and municipalities, much as encourages local governments to prioritize and emulate measures that enhance the adaptive capacities and reduce vulnerabilities of their respective communities and environment.

The awards program is organized by the CCC and Senator Loren Legarda, who chairs the Senate committee on climate change and recognized as United Nations champion for DRR and CCA for Asia- Pacific,

CLAD award will be given to six outstanding local governments--one city and one municipality each from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Selection of the winners will be according to the criteria set by the organizing offices that include the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Interior and Local Government, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and Aksyon Klima Pilipinas.

The winning local governments will receive a special recognition as CCA-DRR champions and their efforts will also be showcased in international and local CCA-DRR events.

They will also be prioritized for support under the People’s Survival Fund (PSF), a special trust fund created by Republic Act No. 10174 which was signed into law by President Benigno Aquino III in 2012 to allow local governments and communities to put in place climate-mitigation practices to lessen the destructive impact of natural disasters.

The national budget for 2016 has programmed an amount of PHP1 billion into the PSF.

Entries accepted for the Award were cities and municipalities that have mainstreamed CCA-DRR into any local plans such as the Comprehensive Land Use Plan, Comprehensive Development Plan and Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plans, and regular government operations and processes such as budgeting and programming.

Further considerations are also given to local governments that have adopted initiatives including, but not limited to, activities outlined in the PSF -- among them, adaptation activities on water resource and land management, agriculture and fisheries, health, infrastructure, and natural ecosystems using climate vulnerability assessment.

Entries will be judged according to the criteria based on the National Framework Strategy onClimate Change, the National Climate Change Action Plan 2011-2028, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan and the UNISDR’s “10 Essentials for Making Cities Resilient” developed in line with the five priorities of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters.

Legazpi City being named as finalist in the CLAD Award, Rosal on Monday said, comes while results of this year’s Gawad Kalasag Awards of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) are being awaited.

The city is also finalist in that award in the City Category and vying for the Hall of Fame this year after winning it in the last two consecutive years for its unrelenting achievements in disaster management required by the NDRRMC which includes the areas of mitigation, preparedness, response and rescue, and rehabilitation and recovery.  (MAL/DOC-CGLegazpi/PIA5/Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/771442305263/legazpi-cited-top-finalist-in-climate-adaptive-disaster-resilient-award#sthash.0VvPLF2Z.dpuf

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