BU and Climate Change Office signs MOA on CORE initiative

Monday December 11,2017

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The Bicol University (BU) entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Climate Change Office, the executive arm of the Climate Change Commission last December 8, 2017 at La Piazza Hotel and Convention Center, Legazpi City.

The MOA focused on enhancing and building climate change and disaster risk resilience of communities and ecosystems through the Communities for Resilience (CORE) initiative. The CORE aims to transfer knowledge on the CORE components to target the local government units (LGUs), concerned National and Regional government agencies, and partner academic institutions.

Moreover, the CORE specifically aims to: Develop a set of “Trainers” through the partner academic institutions to enhance the understanding of selected municipalities on the CORE components; improve LGU capacity to mainstream climate and disaster risk resilience and green growth in the formulation and updating of their respective development plans Local climate Change Adaptation Plans; and contribute towards the achievement of national priorities as outlined in the NCCAP.

One of the expected outputs of CORE is the enhanced awareness and competencies of local project stakeholders on the concepts of climate change and disaster risk management and importance of mainstreaming climate/disaster risk information in local governance.

As stipulated in the agreement, BU, in line with its role as research and public service educational institution, has the necessary academic and technical capabilities to provide assistance to the government and its appropriate agencies through the conduct of training, research, and extension activities in enhancing the competency and capacity building interventions of LGU personnel.

Under the MOA, BU shall have the following responsibilities: Send qualified personnel and officials, who shall allocate time to actively participate and complete the Training of Trainers program for the CORE; efficiently carry out and implement the training program to the selected LGUs as approved by CCO; assign one personnel to act as coordinator and liaison to CCO; and coordinate with the CCO on the conduct of activities, training, administrative and logistical arrangements and assistance, financial or otherwise, necessary to complete the activities covered under this MOA.

Moreover, BU is expected to conduct training for selected LGUs based on the following training module: Decision Maker’s/LGU Planner’s Module on Basics of Ecotown, Natural Resources Assessment, Vulnerability and Risk Assessment, Financial Literacy on Climate Change, Environment and Natural Resource Accounting, Geographic Information System Mapping and Project Development.

Meanwhile, the University may publish results or any related information arising out of the agreement for scientific, academic, and other non-profit purposes to promote knowledge sharing, however, upon approval in writing of the CCO.