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Thursday, February 18, 2016

PH climate czar bringing fresh news from US-ASEAN Summit to Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY, Feb 18 (PIA) – Climate Change Commission (CCC) Sec. Emmanuel de Guzman, who joined President Benigno S. Aquino III in Sunnylands, California for the Joint US-ASEAN meeting  on February 15-16, 2016, is ‘bringing the bacon’ to Bicol through a gathering here on the opening of the 3-day technical write-shop on K to 12 Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk and Vulnerability Reduction (CCA/DRVR): Learning Materials for Philippine Schools.

De Guzman is set to report directly to hundreds of technical writer-participants whatever positive outcomes of the Joint US-ASEAN meeting concerning CCA/DRVR for the best of the Filipino communities via the education system and the academe sector.

The said event scheduled February 19-21, 2016 is the first of its kind in the country being a sequel to the CCA/DRVR integration to the education curriculum piloted in Albay five years ago.  “At first, it was the formulation of lesson exemplars for school curricula integrated and being continuously implemented in the four divisions of Albay with the use of training of trainers teaching demo for 8,000 teachers in some 713 public schools in Albay from July 2011 onwards,” said Nong C. Rangasa, Executive Director of the Local Climate Change Adaptation for Development (LCCAD).

Prior to the 3-day technical write-shop, a 2-day National Panel of Technical Experts (NPTE) is conducted at the Casablanca Hotel and Convention Center here which was constituted to provide the CCC policy recommendations as well as technical and advisory services related to climate science, technologies, and best practices for risk assessment and management.

The NPTE consists of the following: Dr. Rex O. Cruz-environment and ecology; Dr. Laura T. David-Biodiversity; Dr. Rodel D. Lasco-environment and ecology; Dr. Glen Roy V. Paraso-Health; Dr. Rosa T. Perez-meteorology; Dr. Fernando P. Siringan-Earth science and environment; and Dr. Lourdes V. Tibig-Meteorology among others.

As the CCC takes into consideration post-2015 International Frameworks; including the Sendai Disaster Risk Framework, Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), Paris Climate Agreement, in its development pursuits and efforts in reducing climate and disaster risk, the integration and convergence of current efforts towrd understanding and reducing risks becomes a main concern.

In order to achieve this, the CCC has identified the following priorities: 1) establishment of national climate and disaster risk information system 2) capacity development on climate and disaster risk assessment and cost-benefit analysis for local development planning 3) establishment of national disaster loss and damage inventory-database system;

4) policy development on disaster risk financing and risk transfer mechanism 5) integration of climate change and disaster knowledge in K to 12 education 6) information-education-communication on disaster and climate risk reduction, including the raising awareness on the post-2015 international development frameworks 7) strengthening multi-hazard early warning systems and services; and 8) establishment of monitoring, reporting and evaluation system for the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and Sustainable Development Agenda (SDA) 2015-2030, and Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).

Rangasa said that the strengthening of the implementation of the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP), which outlines the specific long-term programs and strategies for adaptation and mitigation, is also essential. In line with this, CCC hopes to initiate a consultation workshop to harmonize current CCC priorities with the 7 NCCAP thematic priorities.

The workshop intends to outline responsibilities of the NPTE for 2016. The workshop serves as a venue to discuss existing climate and disaster risk tools as well to harmonize the currect thrusts of the commission with the NCCAP with the following expected outputs: 1) Approved 2016 NPTE Work Plan and 2) Inventory of existing and proposed climate and disaster risk tools.  (MAL/REN-LCCAD/PIA5/Albay)

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