By Mike Crismundo
BUTUAN CITY – Officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources 13 (DENR 13) have started their resiliency planning for climate vulnerable provinces in Northeastern Mindanao or Caraga region.
They provinces identified as vulnerable to climate hazards are Surigao del Norte, Dinagat Islands, and Surigao del Sur which are also on the typhoon path in Northeastern Mindanao.
The said provinces are vulnerable based on their high susceptibility to climate hazards such as flooding, rainfall-induced landslide, storm surge, strong winds due to typhoon, typhoons and drought; high poverty incidence based on 2015 data; and situated in critical watersheds.
Along with the provincial and community environment and Natural Resources Officers (PENROs, CENROs), the regional officials, staff and technical men, started their regional and provincial meeting, in an effort to address and mitigate future problems that may arise in the said provinces.
The DENR 13 is also coordinating with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Agriculture (DA) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for a unified convergence plans and programs for the said climate vulnerable provinces.
Officials of DENR 13 led by Regional Director Atty. Felix S. Alicer said they will also tap the officials of the said provinces led by their respective governors for their plans and programs.
Officials of the DENR 13 said the convergence discusses the climate vulnerabilities in the priority provinces, and reinforces government thrust for a more prudent and targeted spending by fostering collaboration among agencies in planning, budgeting, and implementing priority resilience programs and projects.
DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu directed concerned regional directors to lead their resiliency planning, convergence budgeting for climate vulnerable provinces in their respective areas of jurisdictions.
Alicer said the DENR will continue to take decisive steps to protect citizens from threats posed by climate change and natural disasters.
He added that there will be no let-up in the fight against climate change and disaster risks as the government will do everything to protect the public from these threats.