Headed by Assistant Secretary Rommel R. Abesamis, officials of the Foreign Assisted and Special Projects Service (FASPS) attended the final meeting for the World Bank Implementation Support Mission to the Philippines Climate Change Adaptation Project (PhilCCAP) in Quezon City on July 8, 2016.
Joining Assistant Secretary Abesamis were FASPS Director Edwin G. Domingo and Program Management Division Chief Conrado A. Bravante, Jr.
The FASPS officials shared insights with Mr. Maurice Andres Rawlins, PhilCCAP Task Team Leader to the World Bank, as he lauded PhilCCAP for attaining a good implementation progress since the project’s extension starting December of last year.
Rawlins noted that the implementation trend indicated that all project activities would be completed by December 2016. He, however, underscored the importance of paying close attention to outstanding activities and deliverables with six months remaining before the project closes.
Notable achievements in institutional strengthening and capacity development initiatives related to climate change adaptation were also highlighted as part of the accomplishments of PhilCCAP.
The project was successful in incorporating climate information as demonstrated by PAGASA’s provision of technical assistance across the work programs of implementing agencies. The information was used in the enhancement of river irrigation systems, enrichment of extension services, and development of weather-index based crop insurances.
Improvements of planning process for the development of protected areas management plans, development of knowledge products, and provision of trainings on climate change adaptation practices were also commended as they equipped and provided the necessary tools for project stakeholders to be more climate resilient.
Delay in funding has impeded some of the project components to achieve both physical and financial targets. This, however, will be addressed with the development of a cash disbursement forecast for the next six months to be closely monitored by the PhilCCAP Project Management Office to ensure timely liquidation of implementing agencies.
PhilCCAP is also making preparations for the planned second phase of project implementation. Director Domingo recommended that the project draw on convergence and collaboration of different agencies, a key contributor to its successful implementation.
Since the second phase of the project would be adopting a landscape approach, Director Domingo foresaw that this would help in upscaling the project’s gains. He also stressed that the project’s sustainability plan should ensure that PhilCCAP outputs would be remembered as having direct impact to the project stakeholder’s lives.
Rawlins concluded the support mission meeting, commending each implementing agency’s commitment to achieve their targets.
The World Bank Support Mission to PhilCCAP was a three-day series of meetings with government agencies that lead the implementation of different activities under PhilCCAP. #