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LGU Summit set on November 4 in Albay

LEGAZPI CITY, Oct. 28 — The province of Albay will host the Local Government Unit Summit + i (plus islands of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao) on November 4 to 6, this year, an activity of Millennium Development Goals – Fun 1656 joint program which aim on strengthening the involvement of local government units especially local chief executives in Climate Change Adaptation framework.

Albay governor Joey Salceda said the summit is designed to demonstrate and translate effective and efficient implementation of science-based analysis of Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) measures.

He said among the objectives of the summit are to develop appreciation on why development as usual approach without considering climate variability and extremes may pose as threat in meeting development goals; to reiterate the urgent need for concerted effort to fast track achievement of MDG especially in the local level and identify possible collaboration in determining vulnerability to impacts of CCA.

The summit will be participated in by governors, vice governors, planning officers, civil society organization working on CCA and DRR and International Financial Institutions.

Center for Initiative on Research for Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) executive director Nong Rangasa, summit convener, said the activity will also showcase Albay’s best practices and as a role model on “zero casualty” during calamity as recognized by the United Nations.

The output of this activity will be integrated in the inputs for the national climate change action plan of the Philippines, he said.

Rangasa also announced that the operation of Climate Change Academy will start next year.

“This institution will facilitate capacity assessment in the area of development for all local government units across the country,” he said. (PNA)

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