Cordilera LGUs to craft climate change programs

CORDILLERA local government units are now moving towards creating special programs on protecting agricultural harvests as well as making concepts for further adaptation to global climate change. 

With the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC), in partnership with Benguet State University (BSU) and the Canadian Embassy, an orientation and workshop was held to access the People’s Survival Fund (PSF), established in 2012 under Republic Act 10174, for climate change adaptation initiatives proposed by LGUs and communities. 

ICSC Associate for Climate Policy Kairos Dela Cruz described since the Cordillera region has been long identified as highly vulnerable to climate change impacts, it is the aim of the activity to further empower LGUs not only to seek grant from PSF, but to craft more plans to protect future generation and livelihoods. 

“Canada is pleased to support and work with countries around the world to demonstrate leadership and take global action on climate change,” Canadian Ambassador John Holmes said. 

Holmes added the capacity building workshop on climate-inclusive planning will enable LGUs effectively plan, mobilize, and access climate finance from existing sources such as the PSF. 

The Embassy of Canada have committed $2.65 billion two years ago to finance the program to developing countries in addition to the P1.8 billion left amount in the PSF, but it can also be replenished by national and international sources. 

Meanwhile, Benguet State University President Dr. Feliciano Calora Jr. said the extensive research of the academe on climate change impacts in the region shows agricultural production will be even more affected by more typhoons and heavier rainfall. 

Thus, as a host on the People’s Survival Fund workshop, Calora cited the school was able to advice farmers and local government planners as to how to adjust to modifications with climate change effect. 

Months ago, ICSC being the civil society representative to the PSF Board approved the Del Carmen Siargao, Surigao del Norte and Lanuza, Surigao del Sur proposals amounting to P120 million for its project implementation. 

When the “call for proposal” on October 28 in 2015 was announced, PSF requires documents to be completed according to their framework such as letter of intent, project proposal, investment plans, accomplished consultation procedures, authority endorsements and other documents required by PSF before the disbursement of funds. 

Other projects pioneered by ICSC through local partners is the instalment of five bulk water tanks with solar lights in Tacloban potentially helping more than 600 households. 

Also, they have harnessed women in Western Samar with modernized traditional knowledge as disaster risk reduction response through the invented renewable energy handy solar panel powered led lightings. 

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 11, 2017.