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OCD: Cordillera more adaptable to risk

THE Cordillera Administrative Region is ready for any disaster, said the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Regional Director Commodore Albert Mogol.

Mogol attended a two-day regional summit for all local government units (LGUs) in the region that aims to help the LGUs align and anchor there local disaster risk reduction management plan (DRRMP) with the national DRRMP.

He reiterated the importance for LGUs to know and develop an aligned policy and development agenda under the Sendai framework and the climate change adaptation of France.

The OCD officials also assessed the region's preparedness at seven on a scale of 1 to 10, but stressed that the obstruction that may affect the development of a disaster framework is the changing leaderships in the LGU, which may have a difference of appreciation in the DRRM system.

"The reason why we gathered these chief executives is for them to understand the importance of having a plan because without a plan, a program could not be implemented. That is why it is important that our plan should have a singular framework to be followed which will be appreciated by everyone in our region," Mogol said.

The Sendai Framework is a 15-year voluntary, non-binding agreement that recognizes the State has the primary role to reduce disaster risk but that responsibility should be shared with other stakeholders, including the local government, the private sector and other stakeholders.

Objective of the second French National Adaptation Plan for Climate Change (PNACC-2) for the period 2018-2022, launched in December 2018, is to better prepare the French society to climate change, involving the main sectors of the economy (agriculture, industry, tourism) and territories.

Based on the recommendations of the assessment of PNACC 2011-2015, the development of PNACC-2 was based on a national consultation that mobilized over 300 representatives from civil society, experts and representatives of local authorities and ministries.

"One important thing in developing our plan is understanding the risk of every community. Many things have changed because of the change in climate aside from disasters that occurred that we have not experienced before, and by knowing the risk, we are now capable of addressing any risk which we will face based on a singular framework," Mogul said.

At present, the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) has assisted the four provinces and two cities in the region in formulating their DRRM plan, while the provinces of Apayao, Abra and Ifugao will soon be assisted by the CDRRMC in the coming months.


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