The Local Climate Change Council (LCCC) of this Municipality identified various programs, projects and activities (PPAs) for priority funding of this local government unit to fight the effects of climate change.

During its meeting held on October 6, 2021, the LCCC approved the municipality’s Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP) for 2022 in the amount of P21,900,000.00.

PPAs include the construction of centralized material recovery facility in cluster rural barangays, purchase of  one (1) unit garbage compactor and one (1) unit boom truck, construction of motor pool at the Sanitary Landfill Facility at Barangay Kimagango, clean-up day activities in urban barangays, Salunayan Creek and irrigation canals.

The LCCAP also outlined the following PPAs for funding; intensification of information-education campaign, solid waste management program, urban barangay greening such as the creation of pocket parks, green spaces, and green belts, strict enforcement of backyard composting at the purok and household level, establishment of clustered Residual Containment Area (RCAs), and skills training on climate change adaptability.

Engr. Jerk Viloan, designated Municipal Environment and Natural Resources (MENR) Officer and LCCC Focal Person, explained that the LCCAP is one of the supporting documents to be included in the Annual Investment Program (AIP) of the local government unit.

Moreover, Councilor James Llaban, Jr., Chairperson of the SB Committee on Environmental Protection, Housing and Land Utilization, manifested that the LCCAP shall be submitted to the Sangguniang Bayan for adoption.

Section 14 of RA 9729 or the Climate Change Act of 2009 provides that LGUs shall be the frontline agencies in the formulation, planning and implementation of climate change action plans in their respective areas, consistent with the provisions of the Local Government Code, the Framework, and the National Climate Change Action Plan.