By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu will lead the resiliency planning and convergence budgeting for the eight priority climate vulnerable provinces in a high-level meeting at the DENR Central Office in Quezon City on Thursday.
Cimatu, who is the chair of the Cabinet cluster on Climate Change Adaptation, Mitigation and Disaster Risk Reduction will lead the meeting, which is expected to be attended by governors of the eight climate vulnerable provinces and key officials of the national government agencies, namely Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Agriculture, and Department of Interior and Local Government.
The meeting is intended to discuss the climate vulnerabilities in the priority provinces, and reinforce government thrust for a more prudent and targeted spending by fostering collaboration among agencies in planning, budgeting and implementing priority resilience programs and projects in the said provinces.
The eight priority provinces are Masbate, Sorsogon, Negros Oriental, Samar, Sarangani, Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, and Dinagat Islands. They are identified as vulnerable based on their high poverty incidence, high susceptibility to climate hazards, and are situated in critical watersheds.
The Climate Change Adaptation, Mitigation and Disaster Risk Reduction Roadmap for 2018 to 2022 aims to establish climate- and disaster-resilient communities.
By the year 2022, the roadmap anticipates the enhancement of climate- and disaster-resilient communities in the 19 climate vulnerable provinces, and major urban centers in Metro Manila, Cebu, Iloilo and Davao.
The concerned national government agencies, with the provincial governments are actively taking part in ensuring the achievement of these goals.
The proposed Risk Resiliency Program key investment projects for 2020 are in the areas of community livelihood and enterprise continuity; integrated water resources management; enhancing coastal protection; and climate information services.