ORMOC CITY is one of 5 cities in the country chosen to be a demonstration city for “Building Climate Resiliency through Urban Plans and Designs”, an project of the Climate Change Commission in partnership with the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB), Dept. of Interior and Local Government, League of Cities of the Philippines, and UN Habitat.

The city’s selection was bared on August 24, during a signing of the “Declaration of Commitment.” The other four cities are Angeles, Cagayan de Oro, Legazpi, and Tagum City. They were chosen from 30 cities in the country that had been shortlisted. Mayor Richard Gomez of Ormoc, Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan of Angeles, Mayor Oscar Moreno of CDO, Mayor Noel Rosal of Legazpi, and Mayor Allan Rellon
of Tagum were all present during the signing.

The mayors vowed to support the implementation and promotion of climate resilient urban plans and designs; ensure the participation of all stakeholders and vulnerable communities; collaborate and complement efforts of the national government in advocating for policies and programs that address the causes and effects of climate change and urbanization; promote knowledge sharing to enhance regulatory frameworks, methods and tools; and take the lead in promoting climate resilient urban adaptations and designs.

The signing was witnessed by Ma. Veronica C. Hitosis of the League of Cities of the Philippines, Anna Liza F. Banagua of the Bureau of Local Government Development-DILG, and Atty. Melgar F. Galicia
of the HLURB. The “Building Climate Resiliency through Urban Plans and Designs Project” duration is three years with a project cost of EUR 2,055,000 or Php 123,300,000.00. Secretary Emmanuel
de Guzman of the Climate Change Commission has expressed support to Ormoc for any projects related to climate change adaptation, saying he can help the city to access funding like the People’s Survival Fund (PSF).

Mayor Richard Gomez said he is happy and proud that Ormoc was one of the five cities that were chosen to be a demo city. Asked what could have clinched it for the city, he said that maybe because
Ormoc already has ordinances geared at climate change adaptation. One of the ordinances passed when he became mayor is requiring all new buildings and structures to have rainwater harvesting facilities, considered a climate change adaptation ordinance. Ormoc City also presented its Local Climate Change Adaptation Program (LCCAP) during the gathering. By Lalaine M. Jimenea

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