The finish line is almost in sight for ten (10) pilot local government units in Western Visayas for the Climate and Disaster Risk Assessment (CDRA) in having their DRR-CCA mainstreamed local plans, after completing the last module for CDRA, a 5-day training which ended on November 23 at Smallville21 Hotel, Iloilo City.
DILG LGCDD Chief Roselyn Quintana congratulates the LGU functionaries of the ten LGUs for withstanding the modular approach of the CDRA.
We want you to have a full grasp of the entire CDRA process that’s why we did it in a modular approach. CDRA is a tool that we are using in order for us to mainstream CCA-DRRM in our local plans. In the next 5 days, you will be learning the last steps to complete the process. This is our continuing effort to capacitate the LGUs, being the Vice Chair for Disaster Preparedness.”, said Quintana during the opening program.

“This activity is the last two (2) steps of the series of activities being undertaken by Region 6 to the ten (10) pilot LGUs in the region. For the last steps of the CDRA process, the participants identified major decision areas and their corresponding policy interventions and were able to analyze risk areas and determine adaptive capacities, thru a Disaster Risk Assessment.” said Giselle Grace Gerial, DILG DRRM Focal Person.
The Disaster Risk Assessment is a method used to determine the nature and extent of risk by analyzing potential hazards and evaluating existing conditions of vulnerability that could  potentially harm exposed people, property, services, livelihood and the  environment on which the population depend.
The same participants who attended the previous steps of the CDRA process which kicked off last June 2018, attended the training to ensure that the understanding of the process is continuous.
The City/ Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators (C/MPDCs), City/Municipal Agriculturists, Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers (LDRRMOs), City/Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (C/MLGOOs), City/ Municipal Health Officers, City/Municipal Engineers and GIS Experts/ Mappers from the local government units of Belison, Antique; Bugasong, Antique; Oton, Iloilo; Dingle, Iloilo; Cadiz City, Negros Occidental; Bacolod City; Numancia, Aklan; Balete, Aklan and Dao, Capiz were invited again to attend the final module of the CDRA process.

According to DILG R6 Regional Director Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda, only Region 6 was given funding to conduct the modular approach of CDRA. This is in consonance with the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 (RA 10121) which requires the LGUs to mainstream disaster risk reduction and climate change in development processes.
Upon completion of the CDRA process, the participants are expected to continue the processing and generation of their CDRA data when they return to their respective LGUs. Upon finalization, their CDRA outputs must be used to enhance their local plans, to include the Local Climate Change Adaptation Plan (LCCAP), Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan (LDRRMP) and Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP), among others.(LGOO II Judy Mae T. Magdato, DILG6)