BUTUAN CITY City Mayor Dr. Ferdinand Magdamo Amante, Jr. signed a commitment of partnership with the United Nations Habitat (UNH) and the World Food Programme to enable the city to produce an Action Plan for Disaster Preparedness as well as Urban Planning for an enhanced Comprehensive Land Use Program.
The signing was held during recent launching ceremonies for UNH and WFPs Sustainable Philippine Cities Project at Crowne Plaza in Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Metro Manila.
Mayor Amante said four programs were introduced during the launching and Butuan City was the only LGU that qualified for partnerships in two of the four UNH and WFP programs.
Other cities whose respective City Mayors also signed partnership commitments were the cities of Iloilo in the Visayas and Davao and Cagayan de Oro for Mindanao.
Butuan City was chosen by the Joint WFP-UNH Initiative on Philippine Cities and Climate Change Adaptation to be one of the partner cities for both its Disaster Preparedness and Response Program and the Program for Achieving Sustainable Development (ASUD).
The project aims to build resilient cities in the face of climate change and natural disasters by increasing city government capacities in participatory risk and vulnerability assessment as basis for planning and operationalizing community-based adaptation actions to benefit vulnerable poor families living in high-risk areas.
Under the program, the WFP and UNH will provide Butuan City a P3 Million-fund with the directive of utilizing the support to produce an Action Plan for Disaster Preparedness as well as Urban Planning for the enhancement of the current Comprehensive Land Use Program.
Engr. Antenedo Milloren, City Planning and Development Office Chief, said the LGU of Butuan is planning to use P1 million of the total fund of P3 Million for Mapping, a requirement to enhance our Comprehensive Land Use Program, which includes dense updating of the citys Urban Observatory.
He added that the P1 million allotment would not be enough to cater to the specified task, but the UNH is willing to give additional funding assistance.
Engr. Milloren also said that the city was given a condition by submitting needed requirements not later than December of this year to be included in the UNH Pabahay Program for 2013.
Inclusion of the City of Butuan for the Pabahay Program will mean additional funding for the citys existing housing programs.
Milloren stressed the remaining P2 Million will be used for the production of an Action Plan for Disaster Preparedness, with more emphasis on critical villages/areas in Butuan City.
The German Government has recently trained the local government unit here on the ground rules for establishing a sound action plan, which is now seen as a useful tool in the provision of the requirements needed by the WFP and UNH projects. (PNA)