City is pilot for UN climate adaptation

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013


DAVAO City is among four cities in the Philippines chosen by the United Nations Human Settlement Program (UN-Habitat) as a pilot area for a study on climate change adaptations.

Roberto Alabado III, City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) acting chief, speaking in Wednesday's Club 888 Forum at Marco Polo Hotel Davao, said the UN-Habitat cited Davao City as being receptive to the projects of UN and its being active in developing a disaster risk reduction program.

Other cities shortlisted in the program are Butuan City, Iloilo City and Cagayan de Oro City.

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The UN-Habitat will provide the technical assistance on how the local officials will go about with the implementations of plans and projects related to climate change, considering the development of each city.

"Ang WFP sila ang bahala sa gasto (The World Food Programme will be the one to finance the study)," he said.

The study will most likely assess each pioneering city's adaptation capacity and exposure and sensitivity to climate change in order to assess its vulnerability to climate change.

He added that a technical working group from UN-Habitat in Manila came to visit Davao City on January 7 to 10 for a four-day workshop on vulnerability, assessment, and adaptability on climate change with officials from the local government of Butuan City.

Among the city's agencies involved in the study are the City Environment and Natural Resources, City Agriculturists Office, City Budget Office, City Engineers Office, Davao City Investment Promotions Center, City Social Services and Development Office, and CPDO.

Through this study, the Comprehensive Land Use Plan will be more complete as it will integrate the outcome of UN-Habitat study on climate change adaptation, according to Alabado.

"It will make the city climate change ready," he said.

Alabado also said they are hoping to come up with a draft and first presentation about the study by end of this month. By the end of March, they are expecting that the final draft will be completed.

After this, he said the outcome of the study will be replicated also in all areas across the country, adding that UN-Habitat will capacitate the Department of Interior and Local Government as the agency to implement it.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 24, 2013.

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