By Ellalyn de Vera Ruiz
The Climate Change Commission (CCC) has initiated a training for academic practitioners in higher education institutions (HEIs) in Luzon to familiarize them about the various aspects of climate science and risk-based action planning to address climate change at the local level.
After completing the training program under the Communities for Resilience (CORE) Convergence Program, the HEIs are expected to provide technical support and mentoring to local government units (LGUs) by enhancing their awareness and deepening their understanding on the science and issues of climate change.
CCC Commissioner Rachel Herrera emphasized that the convergence among all stakeholders, especially the academic community, fostered through the program “would bring us closer to achieving our country’s goals.”
“Our framework is simple: We want climate science to lead the way. We believe that science should inform policy and action, in order for our efforts to be systematic and effective, especially at the local level. We therefore view HEIs as crucial partners in our advocacy and work,” Herrera said.
She explained that the program intends to strengthen the technical capacities of LGUs in implementing and institutionalizing climate change adaptation and mitigation.
She added that the formulation of science-and risk-based local climate change action plans (LCCAPs) are one area wherein the academic institutions could help LGUs to adequately prepare for and address climate and disaster risks.
Herrera also noted that the LCCAPs also serve as a valuable tool for local governments in accessing the P1-billion People’s Survival Fund for local adaptation projects.
“What we aspire to cultivate through this program is a symbiotic relationship among the national government, LGUs, the academe, and other stakeholders—such that all of us do not act in isolation of each other, but through a holistic approach towards a secure and sustainable future for the country,” she said.