In preparation for conducting Climate and Disaster Risk Assessment (CRDA), the Municipal Government of El Nido, though the Municipal Planning and Development Office (MPDO), trained the members of the Technical Working Group (TWG) who will be sent to the 18 barangays for CDRA. The participants shall facilitate data gathering and discussions to come up with a comprehensive assessment report for the whole municipality.

“CDRA is mandated by the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and shall be mainstreamed in all development and sectoral plans of the local government,” according to Engr. Daria F. Ebora, the Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator (MPDC). “It shall be the basis of Local Climate Change Adaptation Plan (LCCAP), Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (MDRRM) Plan, Food Security Plan, Coastal Resource Management Plan (CRMP) and Watershed Management Plan,” she added.

This assessment, according to Engr. Ebora, shall be covering both the terrestrial and marine areas and it shall tackle the vulnerability, exposure and the adaptive capacity of population, infrastructure and agriculture. “In this assessment, we will not only tackle flood and landside, we will also assess droughts, southwest monsoon, sea level rise and health issues. It shall also be a venue to assess the effects of the pandemic in the barangays,” she explained.

CDRA does not only satisfy the requirements set by national agencies, it also benefits the Local Government Unit (LGU). According to Mr. Eric R. Lopez, the facilitator of the said training, “Through CRDA, the LGU can avail outside funding such as People’s Survival Fund (PSF) and Green Climate Fund (GCF).”

On the 1st day of the training, climate and disaster risks in relation to development was discussed. It also discussed salient points of RA 10121 or the “National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (NDRRM) Act” and RA 9729 or the “Climate Change Adaptation Act.” The trainer also discussed how Green House Gases affect the changing climate.

On the 2nd day, the participants familiarize with formulas, paradigms, gender issues and relationship between vulnerability and capacity. They also learned about impact chain and experienced the actual impact chain workshop that they will facilitate in the barangays. On the 3rd day, they learned about facilitation techniques and the use of CDRA templates. The training concluded with the TWG’s presentation of what they learned to the core group composed of Municipal Government Department Heads.

The TWG was created by Mayor Edna Gacot-Lim through Executive Order 21-030. It’s 9 members who underwent training at Jurias Pension, Bgy. Maligaya on May 19-21, 2021 came from the different offices of the LGU, namely, the Municipal Planning and Development Office (MPDO), Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO), Municipal Agriculture Office, Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO), Municipal Tourism Office, , Municipal Health Office (MHO) and Municipal Engineering Office. A representative from the Protected Area Management Office (PAMO) was also invited as addition to the existing pool of trainers. Now equipped with knowledge and skill as facilitators, “they will be sent to the barangays to conduct CDRA starting on the 1st week of June until the end of the year,” according to Jan Gibb Relata, an MPDO staff and part of the TWG.




May 24, 2021