Balanga City Takes a Step Towards Resilience

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On August 28-30, 2019, representatives from the City Government of Balanga, Bataan and a team from the University of the Philippines Resilience Institute Planning Team gathered at the Crown Royale Hotel, Balanga City in an effort to build a more climate change and disaster resilient city.

The event, an initial step for Balanga, was meant to assist the city in formulating their Local Climate Change Action Plan. According to UP RI Executive Director Alfredo Mahar Francisco Lagmay, who delivered a lecture on the third day of the event, this initial step, which acts as a gathering of minds and inputs, is crucial in understanding the unique conditions present in the city. This step, which highlights proper understanding of the problems pertaining to climate change and disasters, is an essential part in creating effective solutions for Balanga.

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In the course of the workshop, participants learned about different types of development plans, stakeholder analysis and mapping, impact chain diagrams and development of exposure database among others. All of these concepts and skills are crucial when creating plans and actions that would propel Balanga towards climate and disaster resilience.

By the end of the 3 day event, the UP RI and Balanga City parted ways equipped with new skills and experiences as well as with the knowledge that through partnerships, a more resilient City of Balanga can be developed.

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