TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Feb. 15 (PIA) – – New Zealand’s deputy ambassador, Tim Stewardson, has validated the results of “Project ReBUILD”, that include disaster vulnerabilities assessment of the cities and municipalities within the Cagayan River Basin to geological and meteorologically-induced hazards due to climate change.
The foreign government funded the project through the Climate Change Commission. It aims to provide the basis for priority mitigation actions like community based and managed early warning systems and integrated contingency planning and mobilization.
According to Tuguegarao City Mayor Jefferson Soriano, several issues were solved under Project ReBUILD including vulnerability and risk assessments in the city to address flooding problem during wet season.
“The project has greatly contributed in our vision to make Tuguegarao City a resilient and smart city of the north,” Soriano said.
The Project ReBUILD was implemented in 2013 to enhance the competencies of the concerned local government units on mainstreaming climate/disaster risk management into local land use and development planning and regulatory processes.
Soriano said, Tuguegarao City has already completed climate disaster risk assessment, installed early warning system devices, established command center, and constructed flood control projects through the Department of Public Works and Highways.
“We are currently updating the City’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan and formulating our Local Climate Change Action Plan. We also use the vulnerability and risk assessment results in our development planning,” the mayor said.
According to Ma. Fe A. Villania,city planning officer, Project ReBUILD has guided the city government in addressing severe effects of climate change.
“Because of this project, we now know where to go, where to build and what not to build, and how to save our people from dangers,” Villania said.
Stewardson, for his part, appreciated the efforts of the city officials in accomplishing the expected outputs for the project.
He also encouraged the city officials to partner with other organizations and widen their scope in managing the Cagayan River Basin and develop a collaborative programs and projects geared towards increasing the resilience of vulnerable communities. (MDCT/OTB/PIA 2-Cagayan)