Climate change adaptation for Upi, Maguindanao by DAR-Italian assistance

COTABATO – A 3-day training on climate change adaptation (CCA) for the local government of Upi, Maguindanao was organized by DAR municipal office on February 7-9, held at EM Manor Hotel, Cotabato City.

The said training was conducted in partnership with the Maranao People Development Center (MARADECA) and is being sponsored by the Italian Assistance to Agrarian Reform Communities Development Support Program (IARCDSP)

The CCA training for the LGU is in line with the implementation of the Local Capacity Building Support (LCBS). This aims to capacitate and provide the local government unit the comprehension on climate change and the ability to utilize its framework. The training is also to capacitate them by equipping proper knowledge and tools to facilitate planning and designing a community based adaptation initiative.

Abdullah C. Marohom, Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer (MARO), said the training intends to increase the knowledge of the local government officials of Upi with regards to climate change, an issue which is a global concern.

Consequently, they may identify interventions on how the community and the household be able to contribute in mitigating the effects of climate changes, while giving particular attention to the vulnerability of the farmers in the area.

Participants from the LGU of Upi included Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator (MPDC) Paulo Cagara, Municipal Engineer (ME) Gerardo Cariño and Jonas Minted from Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO).

“Our main goal is for our agrarian reform partners (ARPs) to be imparted with proper knowledge so they become adaptive to climate change, be disaster-prepared and resilient. This way, we can improve the living condition of our ARPs through stabilizing their income and improving their access to services.” Marohom said.

The general discussion on the climate change consists its nature, mitigation, disaster risk reduction in the global context. However, one important aspect that was emphasized during the training was its relevance and the potential effects on the ARMM region.

Among the important subjects discussed include the contextualizing CCA/DRR in the ten (10) ARMM areas of DAR-IARCDSP, the CCA/DRRM planning process on disaster preparedness, and prevention and mitigation.

DRRM facilitates and supports risk assessment and contingency planning activities at the local level. The conduct of research and development initiatives is an essential action. Its design and program is consistent with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council’s standards and guidelines.

Ma. Easterlina Luz S. Canoy, the resource speaker, stressed that it is necessary to formulate and implement a comprehensive and integrated local disaster risk reduction and management plan (LDRRMP) in accordance with the national, regional, and provincial framework and policies on DRR. A close coordination with the local development council (LDC) and other concerned agencies will also be as important.

“The LGU may consolidate local disaster risk information. It includes data on natural hazards, vulnerabilities, and climate risks. Maintaining a local risk map and as well as a database of human resource and their capacities, equipment, directories, and location of critical infrastructures such as hospitals and evacuation centers will have to be updated” she added.

Subsequently, the participants from the local government of Upi, Maguindanao was able to formulate and present a concrete action plan in including CCA/DRR in their respective development plans.

(Mary Lovella L. Lastimosa, DARPO Maguindanao)

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