Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Survival fund for climate change adaptation available to local governmens in the Philippines

Philippine Information Agency: Climate Change Commission Secretary and Vice-Chair Mary Ann Lucille L. Sering urged local government units to come up with programs that would help their communities adapt to the effects of climate change.

With Sering’s call came the assurance that the national government has set aside funds under the People’s Survival Fund to help local governments defray the cost of such programs other than disaster risk reduction and management.

The fund is provided for under Republic Act No. 10174 which mandates the government to implement local climate change action plans and make communities more resilient to climate-induced disasters. Specifically, the fund, which would be appropriated annually, would be used for the management of water resources, land, agriculture and fisheries, health, infrastructure development, and natural ecosystems.

Speaking at the signing July 8 here of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that launched Project Re BUILD for Jalaur River Basin in Iloilo, Sering urged local governments to avail of the Fund after noting not a single local government has had a local climate change plan in place that is based on an assessment of its vulnerability to climate change, which would have been the basis for availing of the Fund....

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