Butuan City – The Department of the Interior and Local Government Caraga Region (DILG XIII) recently capacitated 16 Local Government Units (LGU) within the Agusan River Basin (ARB) in the formulation of a Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP) in a series of workshops in September 2014.
This activity is in response to the urgency and imminence of addressing climate change at the local level.
“Instituting the LGUs’ adaptive capacities in a document provides legal mandate and impetus to effectively and efficiently respond before, during and after a disaster”, Ray Gregory Jaranilla, DRR-CCA Focal Person, said. “This will enable them to set in place adaptation and mitigation strategies which are important in minimizing the impacts of climate change”, he added.
The activity targeted at first 14 LGUs (Butuan City; Agusan del Sur’s Esperanza, Bayugan City, Prosperidad, La Paz, Talacogon, Bunawan, Rosario, San Francisco, Trento, Veruela, Loreto; and Agusan del Norte’s Buenavista and Las Nieves). All of these are along the ARB a precarious position significantly vulnerable to climate change.
Because the project can accommodate more LGUs, the DILG have expanded coverage to include the remaining municipalities of Agusan del Sur—Sibagat and Sta. Josefa.
“The economic activities along Agusan River Basin cause heavy stress to the river system putting all LGUs within its path at risk and most vulnerable to flooding and rain-induced landslide”, Jaranilla stressed.
“While the river system is considered one of the most important economic lifelines of Compostela Valley (Upstream), Province of Agusan del Sur (midstream) and, Agusan del Norte (downstream), it is also considered a tremendous threat to its people. It is an imminent danger, a disaster waiting to happen, if LGUs are remain ill-equipped and fail to plan for climate change”, DILG 13 RD Lilibeth A. Famacion opined.
The LCCAP is also considered a policy measure and may cover 30 years or more. The plan is hoped to strengthen LGU capacities and ensure public safety.
The LGUs that underwent the training are expected to complete their action plans by December 2014. Whereas, another batch of the capacity building activity will be conducted on October 29-31, 2014 for the key cities/municipalities of each province in the region, i.e. San Jose, Dinagat; Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte; Tandag and Bislig City, Surigao del Sur; and Surigao City, Surigao del Norte. (LGOO II Bryan F. Edulzura, DILG XIII)
- Published: 21 October 2014