As Vice Chair for Disaster Preparedness, The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) scales up its efforts in capacitating LGUs in mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) in their local plans.
In Region 6, a Training for Trainers for Climate and Disaster Risk Assessment (CDRA) was conducted at Smallville 21 Hotel, Iloilo City led by the DILG Regional Office 6. The training started on February 26 which was attended by DILG Cluster Heads and Provincial DRRM Focal Persons together with representatives from DILG’s development partners namely University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Office of Civil Defense (OCD).
Last year, ten (10) pilot LGUs for CDRA, coming from five (5) provinces and one Highly-Urbanized City in the region, embarked on a series of modular trainings on the institutionalization of CDRA as a tool in mainstreaming DRR-CCA in their Comprehensive Development Plans (CDPs). Said LGUs are currently finalizing their outputs and on the process of integrating the results into their CDPs.
Only Region 6 was given funding for CDRA and the trainings were conducted in a modular approach, which veers away from the usual CDRA trainings in other regions.
“Given the increasing relevance of the results of the CDRA in various local governance processes, there is a need to increase the number of CDRA coaches in the region to meet the demand for resource persons from the LGUs.” said DILG R6 DRRM Focal Person Giselle Grace Gerial.
The trainings were conducted in accordance with the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 (RA 10121), which requires the LGUs to mainstream disaster risk reduction and climate change in development processes.
“Coming up with a pool of trainers for CDRA is one of our continuing efforts to capacitate the LGUs in terms of mainstreaming CDRA in their local plans and to guide them how to properly make use of CDRA as a tool.” said LGCDD Chief Roselyn Quintana.
The 5 day training ended on March 1, 2019 and produced 32 well rounded trainers to cater to the demands of the LGUs.
DILG R6 ARD Maria Calpiza Sardua, in her message emphasized that this is one of the Department’s strategy to increase the competencies of our personnel. She thanked all the participants for accepting the challenge considering CDRA’s technical aspects. ARD Sardua also expressed her gratitude to the development partners present including the members of Regional Line Agencies and Learning Resource Institutions and hopes that this partnership will be effective in ensuring DRR-CCA mainstreamed local plans.#