THE Philippines moved to take concrete action to tackle climate change through a new program that will ensure the integration of disaster risk reduction and sustainable development in development plans and programs of the national and local governments.
The program will be implemented by the Climate Change Commission with the support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
The Philippines adopted the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction, and Agenda 2030 to achieve sustainable development goals.
“Our Commission is facilitating the convergence of efforts of the government and all sectors and stakeholders to build the resilience of local communities in accordance with the post-2015 international frameworks. This convergence shall strengthen local risk governance, enhance rural livelihoods, and ensure ecosystems integrity. It shall also make the People’s Survival Fund accessible to local governments and people’s organizations for their community adaptation and resilience building programs,” Climate Change Secretary Emmanuel M. de Guzman said.
UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific Haoliang Xu, who is visiting Manila, stressed the need to strengthen national and local capacities “to adapt to, or mitigate, the effects of climate change and to prepare for possible disaster scenarios.”
“Climate change and disaster risk reduction go hand-in-hand. The volatility and unpredictability of a changing climate threatens to increase both the frequency and severity of disasters,” he said.
“We commend the Philippine Government for this innovative program on climate action.
How government formulates policies and laws, develop budgets and translates this into effective support to vulnerable communities will play a critical role in reducing disaster and climate change risks,” Xu said.
The new program will establish partnerships to increase awareness of disaster risks, enhance knowledge sharing and management and improve national and local competencies on disaster risk reduction and management.