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Philippines:Local government units to be educated on climate change

28 Nov 2018

The Philippines Climate Change Commission (CCC) and the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) have partnered to develop and roll out a course in late 2019 aimed at helping local government units (LGUs) build community resilience against climate change, reported the Philippines News Agency.

"The way forward is to come up with specific interventions and capacity-building for our local chief executives and local department officials," CCC strategic partnerships chief Alexis Lapiz said last week at the sidelines of the 2nd National Convention on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction in Taguig City, part of the country's celebration of the Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness Week.

Mr Lapiz said the course, to be administered by DAP, will be based on modules that the CCC has developed under its Communities for Resilience (CORE) Convergence Program, and will be complemented by DAP's modules on professionalism and leadership.

He said CORE promotes "whole-of-government-and-society approaches" for strengthening LGUs' climate adaptation and resilience planning capacity.

For local chief executives, he said, the course's duration might take up to three weeks, and between three to six months for local department heads.

Lapiz said resilience-building must be tackled in greater detail during the course to better prepare the local executives for their respective planning activities.

"We hope that by March 2019, we'll be able to come up with something more specific in preparation for the course's roll-out later that year," he said.

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