RICHMONDE HOTEL EASTWOOD, October 4-6, 2011 – Seven (7) delegates form Marinduque attended the 3-day National Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for Small Islands held on October 4-6, 2011 at Richmonde Hotel Eastwood. The Conference was convened by Christian Aid and its partners (Marinduque Council for Environmental Concerns (MaCEC), Coastal-Core Sorsogon, and SAC Northern Quezon) who piloted projects on DRR&CCA in the islands of Marinduque, Rapu-Rapu in Albay, and Jumalig in Quezon, respectively. These projects were implemented under Projects — BDRSIP (Building Disaster Resilient Small-Island Communities, 2009-2010)), and ASCEND (Advancing Safer Communities and Environments against Disasters, 2010-2011) which are both funded by European Commission’s Department for Humanitarian Action and Civil Protection (EU-DiPECHO).
The 3-day conference was also attended by 80 participants who were mostly Mayors and representatives of governors from small islands in the country, representatives of Manila-based organizations and representatives of donor funding agencies. Prominent personalities from the national government graced the occasion as speakers such as: Albay governor and UN Champion on DRR&CCA Joey Salceda, Secretary Jessie Robredo, USEC and Climate Change Commission Executive Director Lucille Sering, USEC Domingo of OCD-NDRRMC; Director of the Local Government Academy; ARD Cecille Lopez of NEDA-4B; and Dir. Eugene of OCD Region 4B, among others.
MaCEC’s initiatives were shared during the conference:
(1) Importance of Contingency Planning for Small Island Communities by Myke Magalang;
(2) Combo-Carbo: Rice-Camote Mix as Alternative Food Stocks by Boac Mayor Bert Madla & Konsehal Sonny Paglinawan;
(3) CSO Engagement in Mainstrreaming DRR&CCA in the provincial level by Ms. Marian Cunanan;
(4) Radio Communication System: Marinduque by Anthony Zoleta of Kabalikat-Marinduque
(5) Fish Drying & ‘Mikilunggay” by Ms. Chita Marmol of Barangay Pili
This Knowledge Sharing and Learning Event hoped to share with other island LGUs the importance of initiating and institutionalizing community-based programs and projects to reduce risks wrought by disasters and anticipate the creeping effects of climate change to enable the communities to adapt.
MaCEC is planning to hold a mini-conference in the province of Marinduque to also share these good practices to the barangays and municipalities in our island.