By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The government seeks to educate and empower local communities to be more adaptive and resilient to the devastating effects of climate change.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has entered into an agreement with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) for the implementation of program called “Kilos sa Klima at Kalamidad tungo sa Kaligtasan at Kaunlaran” or K5 for the identification of best climate and disaster-resilient communities within the National Capital Region (NCR).
“We need communities which are not only prepared to help prevent or minimize the loss or damage to life, property and the environment, but also have the ability to quickly return to work, reopen businesses, and restore other essential services needed for a full and timely economic recovery,” DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu said.
Under the memorandum of agreement, DILG will assist DENR in the implementation of K5 program by providing promotional, technical and financial support.
DENR Undersecretary for Climate Change Service Analiza Rebuelta Teh has emphasized the important role played by DENR in the fight against climate change, as chair of the Cabinet Cluster on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation and Disaster Risk Reduction.
“As head of the 20-member Cabinet cluster, the DENR led the creation of a roadmap whose main objective is to build climate and disaster-resilient communities,” Teh said.
She pointed out that while the DENR will help communities in the technical aspect, the roadmap implementation still lies with the local government units.
“This is why we have this partnership with the DILG,” she said.
The Search for Climate and Disaster-Resilient Communities under the K5 program is open to all communities and barangays within Metro Manila that exemplify good practices in disaster resiliency.
The selection committee will come up with a list of 10 most resilient barangays from which the winner/s will be chosen.
Among the criteria for judging are innovativeness, impact, level of people participation, level of initiative, and sustainability. Prizes will be given to the winning communities.
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