BORONGAN CITY, Eastern Samar – The Climate Change Commission has urged all Local Government Units to have a Local Climate Change Action Plan by the end of 2017.
In a statement by the commission, it has said that the capacity of LGUs to respond or adapt to climate change and to reduce the risk of weather-related disasters should be heightened and strengthened so as to protect the poor who are the most affected from climate change.
In almost 1,700 LGUs, only 160 have a Local Climate Change Action Plan.
Aside from it is mandated by law, LGUs have a moral obligation to come up with a climate change plan since the lack of action plan in relation to climate and disaster risk is a sin against society and a type of injustice against the poor as well as the most vulnerable sectors of society.
Aside from this, if a Local Government Unit has a climate change plan, the said LGU shall have an access to the ₱ 1 B People’s Survival Fund which will be used for their adaptation initiatives.
Last week, the Department of Interior and Local Government- Eastern Samar has urged LGUs as well to submit a La Niña Preparedness Plan.
Based on the record, 17 out of 22 municipalities in Eastern Samar have already submitted their plans of action for La Niña.
The City of Borongan and the Provincial Government of Eastern Samar has already submitted their La Niña Preparedness Plan as well. (Samuel A. Candido/PIA-E. Samar)