By: Anjela Mae Era
“Coming together is the beginning, keeping together is progress, and working together is success,” said Henry Ford. The Department of the Interior and Local Government has undertaken a similar concept.
The DILG through its Local Government Academy (LGA) has recently partnered with the Carlos P. Romulo Foundation, Manila Observatory, Zuellig Family Foundation, the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation and SM Arise Philippines, in the establishment of the National Resilience Council (NRC).
LGA Officer in Charge Dir. Thelma Vecina says the initiative seeks to pursue a collective endeavor that will strengthen the interoperability among public and private sectors in pushing for risk-informed solutions to the evolving challenges of disaster resiliency.
The NRC aims to strengthen capacities of LGUs in ensuring quality plans, through leadership and governance, and to develop and establish critical resilient nature of the four pillars of local government systems namely: human development, local economy, infrastructure, and the environment. Also, it engages leaders in government, the private sector, scientific organizations and academic community in aligning disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation initiatives that will ensure resilient development across different sectors and scales.
The NRC resilience model is being tested in seven (7) cities and in one (1) province, namely in the cities of Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo, Iriga, Naga, Ormoc, Valenzuela, and Zamboanga, and the province of Bataan.
Republic Act 10121 of 2010 defined the critical role of local governments in disaster risk reduction and management which provides the legal basis for policies, plans and programs to enable LGUs to deal with disasters.
The need for local governments to adopt evidence-based resilience plans, programs and practices is made even more urgent given the combined impacts of climate change, rapid urbanization and environmental degradation.
Currently, the DILG-LGA is exploring how the climate and disaster risk assessment (CDRA) relates to the core functions of local governments particularly in the rationalized and simplified planning of their development plans such as comprehensive land use plan (CLUP) and comprehensive development plan (CDP), considering the hazards, exposures and vulnerabilities of the LGU.