Mayor Yap supports climate change adaptation strategies

All for one and one for all, this motto might be the fitting caption for this picture when the city’s 15 barangays came together to assess their vulnerabilities to climate-related hazards for the crafting of the Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP). The photo was taken right after the Barangay Vulnerability Assessment and Climate Change Planning Workshop last Wednesday among the 15 barangays of Tagbilaran City. School heads and representatives from various non-governmental agencies also attended the workshop. Spearheaded by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) led by Gerard Lavadia and Asst. DRRM Officer Charles Borja in partnership with USAID-SURGE Coordinator Linda Paredes and the Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), the two-day planning workshop gathered the selected local officials from the 15 barangays to review, validate and analyze climate hazards in the barangays. Prior to the workshop, USAID-SURGE Consultant on Climate Change Jose Bernardo Gochoco III from ICLEI-SEAS whose main advocacy is to encourage, guide, and provide technical support to cities to help them define, adapt and embed a low carbon development pathway into their overall development strategies, plans, and processes, discussed the nature and extent of climate change causes and effects.

Dramatic as it is, all of us have been subjected to extreme weather conditions which resulted to massive flooding, liquefaction, landslides and storm surges. Typhoon Yolanda which struck the Philippines almost three years ago, considered the most powerful storm to make landfall in recorded history, literally wiped out Leyte – with 1,473,251 families affected and with a casualty count of 6,300.

City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap strongly believes that adaptation strategies to climate change should be taken seriously and Tagbilaran City should take practical actions to manage risks from climate impacts in order to protect the communities and strengthen the City’s over-all resilience. Mayor Yap believes that the City Government, the business sector and households have all vital roles to play which could reduce climate risks. The Technical Working Group of the Local Climate Change Action Team also assisted in the training and facilitation of the barangay personnel. Mayette Gasatan from the BCCI also joined the trainer’s pool.

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