UP Resilience Institute to Lead SUCs in Assisting LGUs with LCCAP

"If all the SUCs (State Universities and Colleges) will help the LGUs (Local Government Units) in the respective areas, mapapabilis (it will be expedited), we'll finish it by 2018. 'Yan ang target natin (That's our target), but I need a shepherd; I need a lead, and that lead will be UP Resilience Institute. That's part of your mandate. So, may I request UP to lead all other SUCs to help CCCom teach local governments to complete their LCCAPs (Local Climate Change Action Plan)."

This was the statement that Senator Loren Legarda gave during the Senate Finance committee hearing on the proposed 2018 budgets of State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on September 21, 2017.

In terms of the LCCAP rollouts, the UP NOAH Center has worked with the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) and the Local Climate Change Adaptation for Development (LCCAD) group as early as February in assisting LGUs.

She also asked the UP RI to coordinate closely with the National Resilience Council and the Manila Observatory.

The National Resilience Council is composed of representatives from the private and public sector who signed the partnership agreement for a resilient Philippines was signed last August 7, 2017 in reference to President Rodrigo Duterte's call for the "Cabinet cluster on climate change adaptation and disaster risk management to immediately work hand in hand with the concerned LGUS, the private sector and the affected communities themselves in undertaking disaster (resiliency) measures." during his second State of the Nation Address. The signatories were Hans Sy (ARISE), Austere Panadero, Undersecretary of DILG, undersecretary Ricardo Jalad, (OCD administrator and  NDRRMC executive director) as well as representatives of the Makati Business Club, Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation, the National Competitiveness Council, Manila Observatory, Zuellig Family Foundation and the Carlos P. Romulo Foundation.

The Manila Observatory is a Jesuit scientific research institution with research work in the fields of atmospheric and earth science in the Philippines and the Southeast Asian region. It advocates a science-based approach to sustainable development and poverty reduction. It is committed to a scientific culture in its regional and global context through research excellence in environmental and pre-disaster science particularly in the areas of atmospheric studies, solid earth dynamics, instrumentation, and applied geomatics.

The UP Resilience Institute was established as a proactive hub of benchmark innovative information vital to the nation's efforts in climate change mitigation and adaptation. Its mission is to empower local communitites through multidisciplinary actions toward resilience.

Loren Legarda on UP RI Senate Hearing 21Sep2017

Watch Sen. Legarda’s statement here