Dad says LGUs and communities must take proactive stance on climate change

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Monday, February 3, 2014


THE Cebu City Council wants all the barangays to formulate a disaster risk reduction management plan with emphasis on various climate adaptation measures.

The move aims to build and strengthen the people’s capacity to prepare and address the effects of climate change to minimize casualties and damage to properties.

In his resolution, Councilor Alvin Dizon explained that local communities and local government units must take a proactive stance on climate adaptation measures to ensure minimal loss of lives and properties since the country’s typhoon path has already shifted.

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The shift means that more communities that are not usually exposed to typhoons will now be vulnerable to the effects of typhoons, such as flooding, storm surge and landslides.

In a training workshop on Environmental Leadership in Climate Adaptation by the Climate Change Commission, it was disclosed that the country’s typhoon belt has shifted from Northern Luzon to Visayas including Southern Luzon, Masbate, Romblon, Boracay, Iloilo and Northern Palawan.

With the new development, Dizon said the creation of the barangay-level disaster risk reduction management council is more imperative and essential.

“In view of this changing pattern of typhoon occurrences, it becomes more imperative that local communities especially the local government units to seriously consider their respective disaster risk reduction and management plans to enable the people to cope better with the changing climate conditions,” Dizon’s resolution reads.

Scientists and other experts have emphasized the importance of climate adaptation since it means anticipating the adverse effects of climate change and taking appropriate actions to minimize and prevent the damage they can cause.

The Council tasked the Cebu City Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council to monitor the compliance of all the 80 barangays in the city on the move to strengthen the disaster preparedness and other mitigation measures on addressing calamities.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 03, 2014.

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