DILG assists LGUs to effectively and efficiently deliver services to their constituents. DILG formulates policies, plans, and programs to enhance local autonomy, focusing particularly on the administrative, technical, and fiscal capacities of LGUs. The Local Government Academy (LGA) is the key capacity development arm of DILG. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Law (Republic Act No. 10121) likewise mandates DILG to ensure disaster preparedness especially at the sub-national level. In this capacity, DILG disseminates instructions and standards, and implements programs and projects to prepare LGUs for both man-made and natural disasters. In the same vein, under the Climate Change Act (Republic Act No. 9729), DILG is tasked to facilitate the development and provision of training programs for LGUs on climate change adaptation (CCA).
In close collaboration with the HLURB and the Climate Change Commission (CCC), DILG has been refining guidelines and training programs that will enable LGUs to prepare risk-sensitive plans, in the form of CLUPs and Comprehensive Development Plans (CDPs) that integrates the local disaster risk reduction and management plans (LDRRMPs) and the local climate change action plans (LCCAPs).
Under the banner program of “Enhancing LGU Capacity on Climate Change Adaptation-Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Disaster Preparedness,” DILG has been capacitating LGUs to perform their mandates under the National DRRM and CCA laws. DILG has also integrated disaster risk preparedness and climate action plans as indicators of good governance that would qualify LGUs to receive block grants and other financial incentives from DILG.
As government partner for this project, DILG/LGA will:
· Participate in the Project Steering Committee and ensure that the project is consistent with the mandates as provided in the Local Government Code of the Philippines
· Contribute and participate in all activities for Output 1. For this, DILG is expected to participate in trainings and contribute its experiences on the ground to inform the training packages. It will also lend their knowledge sharing platform to ensure the LGUs in the country are aware of the project and use the same to share knowledge generated by the project;
· Directly work with UN-Habitat for Output 2. As in the role of HLURB above, DILG will also guide the project’s selection of and coordination with sub-national partners and join the LGU-level training events, where it will provide inputs on existing guidelines and at the same time DILG officers will be mentored on the job by the project’s experts during “technical charrettes” for developing urban adaptation plans and designs;
· Directly work with UN-Habitat and HLURB to deliver Output 4. In coordination with the project team, DILG will provide inputs and guidance in developing the “guide for urban plans and designs for climate adaptation” along with the training materials especially those aligned and related to the Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP).
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