The Risk Resiliency Program (RRP) of the Philippines is a nationwide investment program for climate change adaptation and resilience, taking priority programs of the local government units into consideration and including them in the national budget. The program invests in the following key adaptive areas:
- Community livelihood and enterprise development;
- Integrated water resources management;
- Coastal and upland protection;
- Critical resilient infrastructure; and
- Climate information services.
For FY 2020-2021, RRP prioritizes the 14 poorest provinces in the country. In Year 1, it focuses on Masbate, Sorsogon, Negros Oriental, Samar, Saranggani, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, and Surigao del Sur. Meanwhile, Eastern Samar, Southern Leyte, Zamboanga del Norte, Bukidnon, North Cotabato, and Sultan Kudarat comprise the target provinces under Year 2. Subsequently, there can be an expansion into other geographical areas.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) leads the implementation of RRP. It will do so by working closely with other members of the Cabinet Cluster on Climate Change Adaptation, Mitigation, and Disaster Risk Reduction (CCAM-DRR) such as the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) (DBM), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), and Climate Change Commission (CCC).
DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu said, "It is important to ensure that our country and our citizens are prepared for the various effects of climate change. RRP helps fortify the collaboration of the different agencies of the Philippine government in pursuit of our goals of inclusive growth."
In response, Ms. Mara Warwick, World Bank’s Country Director, said, "The World Bank is honored to partner with the Philippine government in helping implement this excellent program. As we recognized that the Philippines is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change, we are committed to helping the Philippines and its people to be better prepared to face the effects of climate change in the years to come.” (RRP Management Unit)