Wednesday 26th of March 2014

ILOILO CITY, March 26 (PIA6) — Some 30 participants from the local government units of Dumangas, Passi City, and Zarraga in Iloilo trained recently on the use of Climate Change Exposure Database (ClimEx.DB) software to better equip them on disaster preparedness and climate change adaptation.

The training conducted by the Climate Change Commission (CCC), in partnership with the University of the Philippines Visayas, was part of the Resilience Capacity Building for Cities and Municipalities to Reduce Disaster Risks from Climate Change and Natural Hazards or Project ReBUILD Phase 1.

The ClimEx.DB is a computer software developed to assist local government units in crafting their Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) for it can locate the exact position of houses, buildings, farm field, or any economic and industry-related infrastructure with the use of the Global Positioning System.

The computer software can also determine if a structure is located in a disaster-prone area such as being within a flood-risk zone, in an earthquake-prone area, or in sites that are easily affected by calamities.

The software also contains the list of geo-hazard compliant evacuation sites where evacuation centers can be established, and policies and ordinances regarding disaster planning, response, rehabilitation and recovery.

The participants were introduced to Project ReBUILD and the Climex.DB exposure database, the Climex.DB server set-up and operation, tablet operation, and survey planning operation.  They also underwent field operations for the onsite testing of the Climex.DB survey application in Brgy. Balud 1, Zarraga town.

Project ReBUILD is funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme and administered by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

The project aims to assess the disaster vulnerabilities of the cities and municipalities surrounding the Jalaur River Basin here to geological, meteorological and meteorologically-induced hazards due to climate change. (JSC/LTP-PIA6 Iloilo)

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