The City Council of Candon led by City Vice Mayor Alfonso Singson recently approved the adoption of the Local Climate Change Action Plan 2017-2028.
This is contained in Resolution number 064-18 (Resolution adopting the Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP) 2017-2018 of the City of Candon, province of Ilocos Sur) which was also immediately approved by City Mayor Ericson Singson.
The 49-page LCCAP excluding annexes was joint effort of the Technical Working Group headed by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and all the heads of local offices and national government agencies assigned in the city.
“Section 14 of 9279 otherwise known as the Philippine Climate Change Act of 2009 recognizes that LGUs are at the frontline for climate change action requiring them to formulate and implement Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP) for their respective areas consistent with the national, regional and provincial frameworks on climate change,” the city council said in its resolution.
It also underscored that climate change is recognized as an alarming global problem with devastating effects that the world is beginning to experience at present.
City Mayor Singson said that the LLCAP will be a premiere reference in combating climate change and disaster related challenges.
“The data from LCCAP will surely help us battle natural and made calamities and be a more resilient community,” City Mayor Singson said.
Based on the plan, an important and primary process in coming up with the LLCAP is the Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment (V&AA) carried out by the different stakeholders in the city.
It is a participatory process of identifying, quantifying, and prioritizing the overall vulnerabilities of the city. This is achieved through the identification of climate-induced and natural hazards of which the area is vulnerable to, the degree by which a sector can be affected by the hazards considering the existing and potential impacts or losses, and the status of their capacities to adapt, avoid, or reduce the impact of the changing climate and its biophysical effects.
This process increases the awareness of the key stakeholders and guides local planners and decision makers in policy formulation, action planning and investment programming.
The goals of LLCAP 2017-2028 are anchored on the following goals of the National Climate Change Action Plan 2011-2028; building the adaptive capacities of men and women in their communities, increasing the resilience of vulnerable sectors and natural ecosystems to climate change and optimizing mitigation opportunities towards gender-responsive and rights-based sustainable development.
Among the objectives of the said plan which mirrors the work priorities defined in the NCCAP 2011-2018 on food security, water sufficiency, environmental and ecological stability, human security, climate friendly industries and services, sustainable energy and knowledge and capacity building are: to ensure availability, stability, accessibility and affordability of safe and healthy food amidst climate change; to ensure the resilience of water resources, manage supply and demand, manage water quality and promote conservation.
Other objectives are to protect and rehabilitate critical ecosystems and restore ecological services;
reduce the risks of women and men to climate change and disasters; to create green and eco-jobs and sustainable consumption and production; to promote and expand energy efficiency and conservation
and develop sustainable and renewable energy, environmentally sustainable transport; and enhance the knowledge on climate change, capacity for climate change adaptation, mitigation and disaster risk reduction.