DENR, DILG tie up to promote climate change awareness

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has tied up with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DENR) to educate and empower local communities to take action on climate change.

A memorandum of agreement (MOA) was signed between the two agencies for the program called Kilos sa Klima at Kalamidad tungo sa Kaligtasan at Kaunlaran or K5, which seeks to identify the best climate and disaster resilient communities within the National Capital Region (NCR).

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu underscored the need to empower communities to be more adaptive and resilient to the devastating effects of climate change.

“We need communities which are not only prepared to help prevent or minimize the loss or damage to life, property and the environment, but also have the ability to quickly return to work, reopen businesses, and restore other essential services needed for a full and timely economic recovery,” Cimatu pointed out.

Under the MOA, the DILG will assist the DENR in the implementation of K5 program by providing promotional, technical and financial support.

The MOA signing was held during the recent Building Climate and Disaster-Resilient Communities event organized by the DENR’s Environmental Management Bureau (EMB).

During the event, DENR Undersecretary for Climate Change Service Analiza Rebuelta Teh delivered a welcome message in which she emphasized the important role played by the DENR in the fight against climate change as chair of the Cabinet Cluster on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation and Disaster Risk Reduction.

“As head of the 20-member Cabinet cluster, the DENR led the creation of a roadmap whose main objective is to build climate and disaster-resilient communities,” Teh said.

Teh said that while the DENR will help communities in the technical aspect, the roadmap implementation still lies with the local government units. “This is why we have this partnership with the DILG,” she said.

EMB Director Metodio Turbella said the signing of DENR-DILG accord was one of the highlights of this year’s Climate Change Consciousness Week, and as part of the DENR’s overall responsibility to protect the environment and the people against climate change impacts.

The Search for Climate and Disaster-Resilient Communities under the K5 program is open to all communities and barangays within Metro Manila that exemplify good practices in disaster resiliency.

The selection committee will come up with a list of 10 most resilient barangays from which the winner/s will be chosen.

Among the criteria for judging are innovativeness, impact, level of people participation, level of initiative, and sustainability. Prizes will be given to the winning communities.

Since 2008, the Climate Change Consciousness Week is being celebrated every November 19-25 pursuant to Proclamation No. 1667. This year’s theme is “Kilos para sa Kalikasan: Building Climate-resilient Communities.” ###