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NEDA Bicol spearheads the Joint RLUC-RDRRMC CRR meeting




As part of the preparation for the crafting of the Disaster Risk Reduction/Climate Change Adaptation (DRR/CCA) enhanced Regional Physical Framework Plan (RPFP), NEDA Region 5 conducted for the first time a joint Regional Land Use Committee – Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Committee on Rehabilitation and Recovery (RLUC-RDRRMC CRR) meeting on November 27 at NEDA regional office. NEDA Region 5 acts as chair of both the RLUC and the RDRRMC-CRR.

The work program for the DRR/CCA enhanced RPFP preparation was approved and the draft RPFP planning environment, and assessment of the RPFP 2000-2030 were presented highlighting the need to update the RPFP 2000-2030 and integrate DRR/CCA in the Plan. “We need more data to be confident on the results of the enhanced Bicol RPFP”. – Engr. Abion stated.

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Engr. Gilberto A. Abion of NEDA Region 5 presents the draft RPFP planning environment chapter and assessment of RPFP 2000-2030.

Part of the agenda was the orientation on the guidelines on land reclamation and policy briefing where Engr. Eduardo E. Destura, Planning Head of the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA), acted as resource person. It is but timely that last November 22, the joint memorandum circular was signed by Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia and PRA General Manager Janilo Rubiato, effectively enforcing the strict implementation of Executive Order 146, series of 2013.

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Engr. Destura of PRA discusses the reclamation guidelines and policies.

“With the mandate of PRA, reclamation has become one of the strategic approaches in regional development because almost all regions have their own reclamation projects. So working closely, especially with NEDA is most welcome, and on behalf of PRA, we would like to thank this body for inviting us as resource entity, since information dissemination is really needed.” Engr. Destura said.

Other topics discussed include updates on ecozones in Bicol and status of Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plan (PDPFP) preparation, proposed list of resettlement/relocation sites, risks to settlements in the permanent danger zones (PDZs) of Mt. Mayon and Mt. Bulusan, and the status of rehabilitation and recovery projects for typhoon Nina. “We consider that the 6km PDZs are the most risky areas. There is a need to relocate the communities to ensure the safety of the residents.” Mr. Laguerta stated.

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Resident Volcanologist Eduardo Laguerta discusses the risks to settlements in PDZs of Mts. Mayon and Bulusan.

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Meanwhile, RD Agnes E. Tolentino expressed her gratitude for the continuous support of the agencies and encouraged the body to submit inputs and comments as this would be essential in preparing the DRR/CCA enhanced Bicol RPFP. The joint meetings of the RLUC and RDRRMC-CRR will continue while the preparation of the DRR/CCA enhanced RPFP is ongoing in view of facilitating the inputs of both committees, Director Tolentino said.

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