The Climate Change Commission is spearheading “Communities for Resilience” (CORE), which essentially stands for building and enhancing climate change and disaster risk resilience of communities and ecosystems.
CORE shall utilize participatory efforts where communities are actively engaged in the identification, analysis, monitoring and evaluation, in particular, the risks or vulnerabilities in the different sectors. Experts will be engaged for data analysis of socio-economic and physical attributes towards an estimation or projection of the impacts of climate change. Resulting information shall be the basis for holistic and science-based strategies to reduce and manage climate and disaster risk.
Initially, CORE will be implemented in Local Government Units in 18 Major River Basins (MRB) in the country as approved by the Cabinet Cluster for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (CCAM).
The remaining river basins nationwide will also be targeted by this initiative.
To build the climate change and disaster risk resiliency of communities and ecosystems in these areas, the Commission, via CORE, will pursue activities designed to increase their adaptation and mitigation capacities and preparedness.
Moreover, this initiative aims to promote the understanding of climate and disaster risk by local communities and to strengthen the technical knowledge and capacity of LGUs in developing local climate change action plans (LCCAP) focused on strengthening risk governance, enhancing rural livelihood, and ensuring ecosystems integrity.
CORE intends to facilitate the access of LGUs and peoples organizations to the Peoples Survival Fund (PSF) to support their respective community adaptation and resilience-building programs.