Agency adopts risk-based approach to creating development plans

Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management office (PDRRMO) conducted a workshop on suitability mapping to develop a physical framework plan for the entire Province that is disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA)-sensitive.

The workshop, attended by local and international consultants, aimed to level off the process of developing a suitability map in order to lessen the effort of the local planners and decision makers in consulting many hazard maps for planning.

PDRRMO chief Baltazar Tribunalo said this suitability map would serve as the basis of the creation of development plans, comprehensive land use plans, DRR plans, CCA plans and environmental protection plans, among others.

“This is a risk-based approach in planning out the suitable interventions in agriculture, social protection, urban development, and environment protection,” said Tribunalo.

German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) senior adviser Toning Balang introduced the project that piloted in Abuyog town, Leyte in December 2015.

“An outcome of the suitability map application is policy recommendations. These recommendations should provide Province of Cebu with concrete policies that will deliver both short and long term benefits,” he said.

GIZ consultant Olaf Neussner admitted integrating all data is quite a challenge. However, he reminded the attendees that “it is not just about now but about planning for 10, 50, 100 years from now.”

Attendees included representatives from National Economic Development Authority, Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc., University of San Carlos, Provincial Planning and Development Office, Provincial Agriculture Office, Provincial Engineering Office, and Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office. (Lianne Llesol with CNU intern Icy Remolino)