Two Surigao provinces to showcase Climate Change adaptations initiatives
by Ben Serrano
December 13, 2010

            SURIGAO CITY (PNA) - Selected municipalities from the two provinces of Caraga region, Surigao del Sur and Surigao de Norte today and tomorrow will showcase their various Climate Change Adaptations (CCA) -Disaster Risk Reductions (DRR) initiatives in the presence of donor foreign organizations and development agencies’ officials here in Surigao City.
            Dubbed as Site Visit and Sharing Session on DRR-CCA Initiatives scheduled December 13-15, 2010 to be held at the Philippine Gateway Hotel and Convention Center here, said municipalities will be given opportunity to showcase their DRR-CCA initiatives, supported by Oxfam and AusAID, press statement from Oxfam furnished to this writer said.
            During two-day activities, other donor organizations like GTZ and AECID, and international NGOs working in CARAGA Region will act as reactors to the presentations to be made by the municipalities.
These municipalities have implemented any one of the three projects funded by AusAID and other donors: the Safer Communities Project; Integrating DRR-CCA in Local Planning; and the READY Project.
            Oxfam with funding support from the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), the Safer Communities Project was an 18 month project which aimed to come up with a systematic consolidation of community-based good practices and information linking disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA).
This is meant to promote a culture of learning, sharing and application towards improving the capacity of men and women in vulnerable communities.

While Integrating DRR-CCA in Local Planning, a project being funded by UNDP and AusAID is a project whose principal objective is for key stakeholders to be able to manage environment and natural resources, develop and use sustainable energy sources, cope with the impacts of environmental emergencies and maintain sustainable development.

The READY PROJECT for communities with funding support from AusAID on the other hand is implemented by Philippine weather forecasting agency, PAG-ASA. It is now operational in many parts of the country. At the heart of the READY Project is the recognition that preparedness by cataloguing natural and man-made hazards is key to averting the catastrophic impacts of disasters. (PNA/Ben Serrano)