The Ecotown Framework was recently updated into what is now the Communities for Resilience (CORE) Initiative. The CORE Initiative incorporates the country’s National Framework Strategy on Climate Change 2010-2022, National Climate Change Action Plan 2011-2028, and National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Plan 2011-2018. It is also aligned with the post-2015 global frameworks for development, which are the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, Sustainable Development Goals 2030, and the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.

The CORE Initiative aims to build a healthy, sustainable, climate-smart and resilient communities and ecosystems by strengthening the planning capacity and overall resilience of local government units (LGUs) nationwide. Specifically, the training program will endeavor to strengthen the capacity of HEIs to mentor and enhance knowledge of LGUs on the science, issues, vulnerabilities and risks of climate change and promote partnership of HEIs  and LGUs in their respective communities.

The CORE Initiative has three waves. Under Wave 1, the Convergence Forum was held to orient the LGUs and other stakeholders in the priority major river basins nationwide on concepts on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation and mitigation (DRR-CCAM).

Wave 2 involved the development of the training modules and manuals on (i) Enhanced Local Climate Change Action Plan (eLCCAP) Formulation; (ii) Climate and Disaster Risk Assessment (CDRA); (iii) Community-Level Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Inventory; (iv) Climate Change Expenditure Tagging (CCET); (v) Environmental and Natural Resource Accounting (ENRA); and, (vi) Accessing the People’s Survival Fund (PSF). These modules are being used for training selected faculty from the academic institutions or training of trainers (ToT) facilitated by CCC, DILG-LGA and concerned bilateral partners.

In Wave 3, the trainers under Wave 2 will then train local chief executives and their department heads and  provide technical support and assistance to LGUs in the formulation and enhancement of their local climate change and disaster risk reduction plans.

The CORE Initiative does not aim to reinvent the wheel or duplicate past and ongoing efforts of other government and non-government actors in the disaster and climate change communities. Rather, it seeks to build on existing partnerships, to adopt tested tools and methodologies, and to harmonize different approaches from various sectors, including non-government organizations, private sector and the academe.