NRO IV-A spearheaded the conduct of a three-day workshop on March 19 to 21, 2014 at Sol Y Viento, Calamba City to review the quality of and ensure that DRR/CCA are mainstreamed in the enhanced/updated Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plans (PDPFP) as per the draft DRR/CCA guidelines prepared under the UNDP-Funded Integrating DRR/CCA Project.

The workshop was well-attended by the five provincial planning and development offices and selected Regional Land Use Committee (RLUC) members including DA, DENR, DENR-MGB, DILG, DTI, and DPWH. Two-workshop sessions were designated for the review of the draft DRR/CCA-Enhanced PDPFPs with the RLUC members providing technical inputs and assistance in enhancing the provincial plans. An action plan for the integration of comments and refinement of the PDPFPs were prepared by the provinces while some RLUC members committed to provide additional data, information and maps to the provinces.

Piggybacked in the activity was a brief workshop on Mainstreaming of Aesthetic in Development Planning (MADP). The MADP seeks to make policy makers, planners and implementers receptive of aesthetic or art, beauty and taste concerns and ensure that mechanisms and structures are put in place to address said concerns. Mainstreaming of aesthetic ensures attractiveness of communities, its products and services and thereby improving the country’s competitiveness as a tourism destination. The inputs of the workshop participants will be essential to come up with a simplified and practical guide for mainstreaming aesthetics in the local and national plans.

The workshop proved to be a worthwhile activity that ended with the participants returning to their respective provinces with their draft plans substantially improved.