The Coastal Cities at Risk Philippines (CCARPH) team co-organized a convergence meeting-cum-workshop for resilience entitled “Investing in Climate and Disaster Resilience: Focus on Water Governance and Security” in Richmonde Hotel Iloilo last 23 – 24 May 2019. The event was a joint collaboration between Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), National Resilience Council (NRC), Manila Observatory (MO) in partnership with the City Government of Iloilo, the University of the Philippines in the Visayas (UPV) and other stakeholders.
Last year, CCARPH’s initial engagements with the Iloilo City Government Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council identified water (drought and flooding) and water governance as an issue. These engagements informed the recent El Nino response of Iloilo City. As a result, this workshop gave emphasis on addressing water governance and insecurity for resilience. The meeting identified resilience issues relevant to the City and re-examine global, national, local mandates, which are also behind the resilience scorecards and the CDRA, that will help local officials introduce and explain the imperative of a resilience agenda to the incoming local administration.
Furthermore, the gathering brought together stakeholders to establish a more coherent, and mutually-enriching and productive engagement of CCARPH-NRC-MO-UPV on resilience with the Iloilo City Government and its stakeholders.
The event was attended by various public and private institutions such as the Iloilo City Resilience Team, City Engineer’s Office, Department of Education in Iloilo, Philippine Call Center Institute Iloilo, Information Services Office, and the City Environment and Natural Resources Office, among others.