DENR submits disaster risk roadmap to Duterte
Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu has turned over to President Rodrigo Duterte the roadmap for climate change adaptation, mitigation and disaster risk reduction for the next four years.
Cimatu, who serves as the chair of the Cabinet Cluster on Climate Change Adaptation, Mitigation, and Disaster Risk Reduction (CCAM-DRR), said the roadmap “will serve as an important guide for helping the country lessen the impacts of climate change and disaster risks.”
The CCAM-DRR Cabinet Cluster is a cross-departmental body, composed of 20 government agencies, which serves as a venue to harmonize, align, complement, and synergize the programs, activities, and projects (PAPs) among departments and other government agencies in delivering the national vision on climate change adaptation, mitigation, and disaster risk reduction.
According to Cimatu, the overall goal of the CCAM-DRR Roadmap is “to attain the climate and disaster-resilient communities supporting equitable and sustainable development.”
The roadmap has four outcome objectives namely: (1) increasing adaptive capacities of vulnerable communities; (2) ensuring adequate supply of clean air; (3) increased resilience of critical infrastructure; (4) enhanced knowledge, access to information, and institutional capacities.
Enhancing the climate and disaster-resilient communities in 22 vulnerable provinces, 822 coastal municipalities, and the major urban centers (Metro Manila, Cebu, Iloilo and Davao) is the overall goal of the roadmap by 2022.
Analiza Rebuelta Teh, DENR’s Undersecretary for Climate Change and Mining Concerns, said that a formal resolution to adopt the roadmap was issued January this year.