GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The provincial government of Sarangani has linked up with the Climate Change Commission (CCC) to strengthen the climate action plans for its seven municipalities.
Sarangani Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon said Tuesday that they are working on the adoption of new tools, as well as technologies that will help enhance the implementation of climate change adaptation programs and related initiatives in the area.
Solon said a five-day training-workshop is ongoing at the Provincial Capitol in Alabel town for the rollout of the Climate Change and Environmental Degradation Risk and Adaptation Assessment (Cedra) and Greenhouse Gas or GHG Inventory.
Facilitated by CCC, the governor said the training participants are municipal planning officers, municipal environment officers, and personnel of the province’s Climate Change Office.
Assistant Secretary Romell Antonio Cuenca, CCC deputy executive director, graced the formal opening of the training on Monday, he said.
“Our goal here is to further strengthen our provincial and municipal climate change action plans and enable us to respond properly to various climate-related concerns,” Solon said in a statement.
A briefer said CEDRA is a “tool that helps agencies working in developing countries to access and understand the science of climate change and environmental degradation and to compare this with local community experience of environmental change.”
“Using Cedra, agencies can prioritize which environmental hazards may pose a risk to their existing projects and project locations, enabling them to make decisions to adapt some projects, stop doing others or start new ones,” it said.
The GHG training-workshop is part of the series of activities launched by CCC for local government units (LGUs) for the rollout of the user’s manual on community-level GHG Inventory.
The manual provides a step-by-step guide for LGUs to quantify and manage information and data related to the development of their community-level greenhouse gas inventories.
Solon said the partnership with CCC aims to complement the implementation of climate adaptation projects in the province, among them the PHP103 million flood control and ecosystem rehabilitation of the Saub River in Maitum town.
He said the province was the first-ever LGU-recipient of such grant from the national government, through the People's Survival Fund. (PNA)