The Philippines thru the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), in collaboration with the World Bank and supported by the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience of the Climate Investment Funds, is leading the development of a Risk Resiliency and Sustainability Program (RRSP), building on the existing Risk Resiliency Program (RRP) of the Cabinet Cluster on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (CC-CCAM). The objective of the RRSP is to provide an operational framework for convergence to improve the response to climate risks through better-adapted and more resilient ecosystems, infrastructure and livelihoods in vulnerable areas across key Philippine landscapes (coastal, forest/watershed and peri-urban areas).
By virtue of DENR Special Order 2016-685 dated November 11, 2016, a Technical Working Group (TWG) has been established to provide guidance, technical and strategic review, and inputs on the technical reports/outputs and related activities in RRSP preparation. The Foreign-Assisted and Special Projects Service (FASPS) of DENR is the chair of the TWG while the members come from different oversight and national government agencies.
Along this line, a three-day technical meeting and consultation workshop was conducted in Panglao, Bohol on February 8-10, 2017 to present, discuss, finalize and approve the work plan and technical reports with the members of the TWG.
Assistant Secretary for FASPS Rommel Abesamis said in his welcome message that the TWG meeting was the start of a stronger relationship among members. He asked them to work together for the success of the program development and thanked them for bringing in their expertise as they were the greatest asset of the program.
The Cabinet Secretary’s Office shared that the CC-CCAM would be expanded to be called later on the “Cabinet Cluster on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation- Disaster Risk Reduction” (CCAM-DRR) – giving emphasis to different kinds of risk. It went ahead to present the national policy guidelines towards establishing the CCAM-DRR Roadmap, which is molded from the thrust of the current administration “Love of country, subordination of personal interests to the common good, concerns and care for the helpless and the impoverished.” The initiative of the RRSP development would also support the directive of President Duterte, as outlined in his first State of the Nation Address, to streamline and reengineer the government’s development and security efforts to ensure that government resources are spent wisely and the outcomes are felt on the ground.
The Technical Assistance Team from the World Bank facilitated the discussions about the TWG Work Plan as well as the inception report for program development with corresponding specialized studies such as the M&E framework and the RRSP concept paper.
Relative to the business case part of the RRSP Concept Paper, emphasis was given to include not only the current environmental context of the Philippines but also the policies and programs that the previous administrations initiated in order to address climate change and disaster risk in the Philippines. The objectives of the RRSP would be fashioned in accordance with higher-level objectives of other national government plans, such as the PDP, Ambisyon 2040, SDG and the like.
The inception report was accepted by TWG with suggestions to improve the program following the integration of CCAM and DRR.
The consultation workshop was attended by representatives of various agencies such as the Department of Budget and Management, Department of Agriculture, Office of Civil Defense, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Energy, Department of Interior and Local Government, Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board, DENR units, and the Office of the Cabinet Secretary. #