The Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management conducted a 10-day training workshop on the Formulation of Enhanced Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP) last March 18-22 and March 25-29, 2019. It was attended by the planning core team of the local government unit of Palayan City, Nueva Ecija with a total number of 27 participants. On Day 1, participants were welcomed and inspired by Dr. Renato Reyes, Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto, ICCEM Director, enlightened the participants on the science of climate change and its impacts on agriculture, forest, urban, freshwater and marine ecosystems. She also discussed the adaptation and mitigation strategies to cope with climate change. The participants were oriented by Dr. Gella Patria Abella on the importance of integrating the LCCAP in the Comprehensive Land Use Plan. Days 2 and 3 were devoted to geographic information system (GIS) training, a basic tool in any planning activity, spearheaded by Engr. Eliza Camaso.
The planning core team eagerly participated and cooperated in the various activities necessary to formulate an LCCAP by going through the four (4) modules on Days 4 to 9: Module A: Getting Ready for LCCAP Formulation; Module B: Data Gathering, Assessment and Analysis; Module C: Planning, Prioritizing, and Budgeting; and Module D: Monitoring, Evaluating, Adjusting and Modifying. Greenhouse Gas Inventory, the additional feature of the enhanced LCCAP, was imparted by Mr. Edmark P. Bulaong. Other than the ICCEM faculty and staff mentioned, the training-workshop was facilitated by Mr. Hans Emmanuel de Guzman, Mr. Miguelito Isip and Mr. Cristopher Genaro.
On Day 10, representatives from each sector presented their draft plan. The training-workshop was made possible through the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office and City Planning and Development Office, headed by Mr. Ferdinand Hidalgo and Engr. Margarita Angeles.