Partnership with the Laguna Climate Change Adaptation Office (LCCAO)

This partnership was borne out of a common goal between the UPRI and the LCCAO to assist LGUs, specifically Laguna Based units, into becoming more climate and disaster resilient. At present, the processing of the official Memorandum of Understanding between UPRI and LCCAO is ongoing.

LCCAO, UPRI meeting for Cascading CCA-DRR Related Skills and Competencies to Future Trainers” workshop.

On June 07, 2019, representatives from the Laguna Climate Change Adaptation Office met with UPRI Director of Institution Building Prof. Gene Cuaresma and UPRI representatives Joy Santiago and Jake Mendoza to finalize details for the upcoming “Cascading CCA-DRR Related Skills and Competencies to Future Trainers” workshop.

LCCAO, CCC, UPRI People’s Survival Fund

On April 02, 2019, Laguna Climate Change Adaptation Office (LCCAO) had the opportunity to have a meeting with the team of Commissioner Noel Gaerlan of the Climate Change Commission (CCC) and Dr. Mahar Lagmay’s team of the University of the Philippines Resilience Institute (UPRI) regarding the People’s Survival Fund (PSF) and Probabilistic Hazard Maps in order to update the Local Climate Change Adaptation Plan (LCCAP) for the Province of Laguna.

Dr. Mahar Lagmay with, Joy Santiago and Jake Mendoza together with Commissioner Noel Gaerlan and his team in UPRI Office.


Pre-Forum Meeting re LCCAO-CDRA and LCCAP Training

On January 03, 2020, Prof. Cuaresma conferred with the representatives from the Climate Change Commission (CCC), Integrated Natural Resources Management (INREM) of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), and the College of Forestry and Natural Resources (CFNR) in the preparation of the Technical and Policy forum of Climate Disaster Risk Assessment (CDRA) and the Laguna Climate Change action Plan (LCCAP) of the Laguna Climate Change Adaptation Office (LCCAO).

The meeting was held at the Climate Change and Disaster Risk Center of the University of the Philippines Los Baños, College, Laguna.

During the Meeting for Climate Disaster Risk Assessment Training


Prof. Cuaresma, Hon. Hernandez Meet on Laguna 2nd District CDRA

Prof. Genaro Cuaresma met with Laguna 2nd District Representative Hon. Ruth Hernandez at the Monte Vista Resort, Calamba City, Laguna to discuss UPRI’s assistance to the different municipality of the district and the lone district of Calamba City in the crafting of the Climate and Disaster Risk Assessment (CDRA). Prof. Cuaresma emphasized the need for a probabilistic risk assessment in compliance to the National Climate Risk Management Framework (CRMF) issued by the Climate Change Commission (CCC) in the development of the CDRA. Representative Hernandez, on the other hand, requested that other hazards like the possibility of leaks in the Makiling-Banahaw Geothermal Plant be included in the risk assessment.

The meeting was held during the conduct of the UPRI – Laguna Climate Change Adaptation Office (LCCAO) training on the use of the Geographic Information System (GIS) in Local Government Planning. It was also attended by LCCAO Head Mr. Henry Halawig. Prof. Cuaresma assured Rep. Hernandez that UPRI shall be conducting more trainings for local government officials and employees in the crafting of the LGUs’ CDRA, Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP) and Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP)

Prof. Cuaresma (right) welcomed Hon. Hernandez (center) together with Mr. Halawig (left) during the GIS-Training and Workshop before the meeting


GIS for CCA-DRR: A Comprehensive GIS Workshop for Laguna LGUs

Geographic Information System (GIS) is the organized collection of computer hardware, software, geographical data, and personnel that enables one to visualize, analyze, interpret, and update all forms of geographically-referenced data in order to make sense of patterns, relationships, and trends. With GIS, a practical and reliable database can be created and made available for common use. Geographic information and analysis can help Local Government Units (LGUs) in the Province of Laguna in the conduct of climate vulnerability and disaster risk assessments, suitability analysis for urban and rural development, site location assessments and planning, comprehensive land use and development plans, and other research developments and activities that may require spatial assessment and analysis.

The 2nd LCCAO-UPRI workshop intended to assist representatives from Laguna LGUs in developing GIS skills and techniques that would be helpful when applied to various analysis and planning purposes such as conducting spatial analysis for climate vulnerability and disaster risk assessment, decision-making, and designing projects and development. More specifically, this workshop aimed to: (a). Understand the basic concepts, principles and applications of GIS; (b.) Identify different types of spatial data and thematic maps; (c.) Develop intermediate skills in using GIS tools and software; (d.) Develop skills in primary data gathering, use of GPS, and basic data management.

Representatives from the UP NOAH Center attended this event as speakers and trainers.