Planning Workshop on Climate Risk Resiliency Program Held in Pangasinan to Enhance Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

Lingayen, Pangasinan – The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office I, in collaboration with the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, conducted a planning workshop on the Risk Resiliency Program-Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation-Disaster Risk Reduction (RRP-CCAM-DRR) program review last March 1 at the Provincial Employment and Services Office Multi-Purpose Hall in Lingayen.

The workshop aimed to work with the local government of Pangasinan to improve and focus on hazard mitigation in the province as part of their new guidelines. According to DSWD FO 1 Regional Director Marie Angela “Lala” S. Gopalan, the participation of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Offices (MSWDO) is also required to provide their general ideas to help enhance the program.

Director Gopalan clarified that the RRP-CCAM-DRR program is not only about cash-for-work or cash-for-training but is also seen from a deeper perspective where every individual in the community can participate in ensuring resilience and adaptation to the impact of climate change-related disasters.

Special Assistant to the Governor Von Mark Mendoza, as a representative of Governor Ramon “Mon-Mon” V. Guico III, highlighted the importance of “convergence” or the collaboration of every individual to study all national government programs and anchor them in the province’s programs that can help Pangasinense better.

It is noteworthy that the two ceremonial launchings of RRP-CCAM 2022 were held on November 14 at the Cayanga, Bugallon Eco Park, and on November 18 at the OPAG Nursery, Brgy. Arnedo, Bolinao, where the provincial government provided counterpart funds amounting to P2.9 million for administrative costs, seedlings, among others. It was implemented in 24 Local Government Units (LGUs) and benefited 7,555 people.

Present in the program were Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Annabel Terrado Roque, Consultant on Environmental Management and Protection and Eco Park Project Direct Implementer Col. Paterno M. Orduña (Ret.), Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer Col. Rhodyn Luchinvar “Popoy” Oro (Ret.), Provincial Agriculturist Dalisay Moya, and PagO Agricultural Center Chief II Alvin M. Soriano.