Localizing the Measurement of the Impact of Climate Change

Authored by Romula A. Virola together with Edward Lopez-Dee, Mark Rex Romaoag and Leo Allan Halcon of the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) The destruction brought about by typhoon Ondoy and Pepeng in 2009, typhoon Basyang in July 2011, and the El Nino phenomena presents the need for strategic planning in in local, national, and international levels to address vulnerabilities of sectors climate change impacts. In line with this, the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) commenced initiatives like Philippine Economic-Environmental and Natural Resources Accounting (PEENRA) project, the creation of an Interagency Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Statistics (IAC-ENRS) and the creation of other statistical framework to achieve such goal. This paper tackles the NSCB statistical framework and localizes it to the National Capital Region, the Ilocos Region and Albay Province which are the areas vastly affected by climate change as determined by statistical evidence. This paper also assesses the available statistics and information system dealing with the impacts of climate change in these provinces and regions. Disaster management and preparedness, environmental sustainability and other successful models of adaptation and mitigation strategies used primarily in Albay are presented alongside impacts and vulnerability statistics.