Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, in cooperation with the Philippine Climate Change Commission (CCC) and Department of Energy (DOE), conducted an operational planning workshop under the “Support to the Philippines in Shaping and Implementing the International Climate Regime” (SupportCCC II) on February 2-5, 2016 at the Sierra Madre Hotel and Resort in Tanay, Rizal.
The four-day workshop identified the various activities for the 2016 implementation of the project based on the strategic planning with key stakeholders held in November 2015. The Project Steering Committee, chaired by Emmanuel M. De Guzman, Secretary and Vice-Chairperson of the Climate Change Commission, and co-chaired by Dr. Bernd Markus Liss, Director & Principal Advisor of the GIZ Climate Program, was also convened for the first time. The PSC approved the 2016 operational plan of the project subject to minor revisions mainly referring to adjustment in timeline considering the May 2016 national and local elections.
Other members of the PSC are the Department of Energy D (DOE), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Finance (DOF), Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and Aksyon Klima.
Building on the success of the first phase of the project, SupportCCC II will continue to facilitate the coordination of key agencies toward the effective implementation of the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) and ensure the alignment of the Philippine government’s climate change initiatives with its development goals and international commitment.
Capacity building efforts will be initiated throughout the year for national and local governments on key areas– implementation of the country’s climate change policy, adoption of climate-smart land-use planning and climate financing. At the same time, information and knowledge sharing will be strengthened among key stakeholders.
Through the technical assistance, the Philippine government will also promote the use of renewable energy nationwide.
Other partners that joined the operational planning workshop included representatives from key government agencies namely the DOE’s Renewable Energy Management Bureau (REMB), Energy Policy and Planning Bureau (EPPB) and Electric Power Industry Management Bureau (EPIMB), DENR’s Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), HLURB, NEDA and DOF, and civil society groups such as Aksyon Klima and Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (iCSC). The CCC and GIZ were also well represented by technical staff and advisors in charge of the project’s five components.
The SupportCCC II Project is part of the International Climate Initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, under the Support to the Philippines in Shaping and Implementing the International Climate Regime (SupportCCC II) and Global Initiative for Disaster Risk Reduction projects, in collaboration with the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) held a forum entitled “Multi–Hazard Based Suitability Maps for Planners and Decision Makers” last January 26 at the DENR Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB)Training Center in Quezon City.
The forum was organized for national government partners, development partners and private institutions to appreciate the concept and utilization of building suitability maps for land use planning purposes.
In setting the context of the forum, Ms. Emma Ulep, Housing and Homesite Regulation Officer VI presented HLURB’s CLUP 2013-2014 Guidelines adopting the use of suitability maps in local land use planning. According to her, suitability maps were already used in the late 1990s guidelines of HLURB, but were only hand-drawn and limited to the agricultural and forestry sector for crops.
Mr. Olaf Neussner, GIZ consultant, presented the multi-hazard suitability maps that dealt with the concepts of hazard, vulnerability, risk and suitability. He identified the sources of climate data and shared the process of transforming these to have a more realistic local maps.
With the experience from Typhoon Haiyan (local Typhoon Yolanda) in 2013, the need for suitability mapping arose to respond to resettlement needs of calamity-inflicted communities. The primary challenge then was identifying areas most suitable and safe for relocation and how houses and buildings would be best reconstructed given their current location.
A number of GIZ’s partner local governments are already using suitability maps in updating their comprehensive land use plans in the Province of Leyte, including the (National Economic and Development Authority) NEDA Regional Office VIII.
Mr. Jay-Ar Ragub, NEDA Senior Economic Development Specialist, presented the disaster risk and vulnerability assessment for the Eastern Visayas region which will be further enhanced using multi-hazard suitability maps. The results will be used in updating the Regional Physical Framework Plan that uses the Integrated Ecosystems Management or ridge to reef analytical planning framework.
Ms. Cecile Ocado, Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator of Tanauan Local Government in Leyte, emphasized the need multi-hazard suitability maps at the local level during her presentation. Prior to Typhoon Yolanda, Tanauan LGU was a partner of GIZ enabling it to update its comprehensive land use plan (CLUP) and develop vulnerability maps. This was helpful in selecting sites for resettlement of typhoon affected communities along the coast and other low-lying barangays of Tanauan.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) had expressed their interest to further work on suitability maps and its applicability in supporting their mandates. While the Metro Cebu Development and Coordination Board expressed interest in replicating the methodology in future planning for Metro Cebu.
The forum was aligned with the Climate Change Commission’s (CCC) 8-point agenda harmonizing government efforts in implementing the National Climate Change Adaptation Plan (NCCAP), National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan (NDRRMP) (NDRRMP) and Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), and achieving national targets in accordance with international commitments.
It was participated by key oversight and technical government agencies like HLURB, CCC, NEDA, PAGASA, OCD, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOLCS), Department of Environment and Natural Resources- Mines and Geosciences Bureau (DENR-MGB), Department of Agriculture (DA) and Department of Science and Technology (DOST). Other participants also included representatives from Project NOAH, Metro Cebu Development and Coordination Board, and Manila Observatory.
My official function as your partner in the housing industry and as your Public Servant will terminate effective on February 16,2016.(midnight)
As I bid adieu from government service, I would like to say THANK YOU for all the support, patience and understanding that have been afforded to me during my tour of duty. It felt good to look back and realize, that I have somehow contributed to improve/enhance some aspects in housing industry insofar as Issuances of permits/licenses is concerned. There were stumbling blocks along the way but it does not hinder my goal to implement what is right and proper. It has been worth it all the while.
I have done my best to facilitate fast racking of issuance of permits by simplifying the process to have it approved within 21 (CR/LS) working days instead of 6 months, ad approval within 5 working days and as always, I do encourage transparency at all times.
It came as a challenge on how to assist the different Local Government Units(LGUs) to come up with their respective Comprehensive Land Use Plans (CLUPs) since almost 75% of City/Municipalities here in Central Visayas Region failed to update their respective CLUPs. Thus it prompted me to implement what I have started in Region XI,Davao City which is the CLUSTER/MODULAR APPROACH where in our OFFICE will facilitate the hands-on-training and to be participated by the technical working group, SB/SP Members, Vice Mayor and/or the Mayor itself. The LGUs has to allot between P360 to 400t as payment for their accommodation (5Days/4Nights), full board meals, training kits etc. which covers 6 modules at an average of 10 participants/module. Such innovation had been adopted by our Central Office and being implemented by all regional field offices. On conflicts between and among the Homeowners Association we use Mediation Proceedings and I spearheaded to address such issues and have it resolved at the soonest time possible.
Basically, I do love challenges and I tend to have an appetite for organizing and look beyond for perfection in the performance for each task – with the mindset that such actions are expected from every government employee for that matter.
However, everything wouldn’t be made possible if without the harmonious relationship that I have established with the different stakeholders (developers, LGUs, homeowners, NGO’s NGAs). It takes endless honest-to-goodness consultation meetings, skills upgrading seminar-workshop on housing guidelines and another related activities to properly define individual tasks and avoid duplication of work between and among housing partners in community building.
My job entails me to travel a lot to different LGU’s, hence, I would like to apologize for those times when I wasn’t able to meet your expectations.
Daghang Salamat kay nataga-an ko ug higayon nga makasilbi sa inyo nganhi sa Central Visayas. Resist all types of corruption and continue your vision to provide decent, affordable and quality housing units towards building self-sustained model communities. Mabuhay kayong lahat!
ALIXES ROY LOPEZ