NEDA Region IV-A, in partnership with DHSUD Region IV-A, conducted an Online Training Workshop on Integrating Climate and Disaster Risk Assessment (CDRA) in the Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plan (PDPFP) on April 13 to 16, 2021 via Zoom videoconference. The training capacitated the five CALABARZON provinces on the Supplemental Guidelines on Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Local Development Planning. The said guidelines details the step-by-step process of CDRA, as an input in the updating of the PDPFP. All the CALABARZON provinces are expected to come up with their updated and approved PDPFPs to be reviewed and endorsed by the RLUC by the end of 2021.

Opening the activity, NEDA Regional Director Luis G. Banua, said that the training is in line with the priority of the CALABARZON Regional Land Use Committee to mainstream climate and disaster risk concerns in various physical and development plans at the regional, provincial, and local levels.

DHSUD Regional Director Jann Roby R. Otero, in his message, highlighted that with the natural calamities that the Region experienced recently such as the Taal Volcano Eruption in 2020, it is high time for the local government units to integrate CDRA in their local plans to plan a safe future for their locality. He encouraged the provincial PDPFP core team to get the support of their Local Chief Executives and Local Sanggunian in ensuring that their plans will be implemented.

The 4-day training comprised of lectures, workshop, and presentation of outputs on the following topics: 1) collection and analysis of climate and hazard information; 2) scoping potential impacts of disasters and climate change; 3) development of exposure database; 4) climate change risk assessment; 5) disaster risk assessment; 6) preparation of the summary of findings; and 7) integration of CDRA in PDPFP.

Closing the activity, NEDA Assistant Regional Director Gina T. Gacusan challenged the provinces to make use of their learnings in preparing a better plan and ensuring that their plans will be translated into investment programs, and the proposed projects identified in the program will be funded, implemented, and monitored.

Around 52 representatives from the five provinces participated in the training.

Donna Riza R. Mercado, NEDA Region IV-A | April 20, 2021