UN Habitat to seek funding for Davao's flood plans

Subscribe Now February 01, 2013 at 09:32am

Davao City officials are banking on the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) to look for fund sources for the city’s climate change adaptation plans. The city is one of the four cities identified as pilot areas for UN-Habitat’s climate change adaptation studies. The other cities are Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo and Butuan.

“We are still in the planning stage where the agencies concerned are conducting workshops and databanking for the formulation of the comprehensive plan,” Engineer Andrew Lepardo of the City Engineer’s Office said during Thursday’s iSpeak press conference at City Hall.

UN-Habitat will become an agent of proposals to first world countries that are ready to provide financial grant for our project, he said. If the plan shows a major requirement like a megadike, he said, then UN-Habitat will bring the proposal to the possible funding sources.

Lepardo said that once the funding countries find the proposal viable then it will provide a grant and not a loan so the city will not pay for it. This is a very big project, he added, and the city cannot do it on its own.

“The city government does not have the capability because this is not an isolated plan and will require other communities to get involved,” he said. If the plan requires us to redirect the flow of water, he said, then it will require us to redirect it to another community which should also be protected and we cannot do this on our own.

He assured the people that this is a comprehensive plan that is well-represented by the various sectors in the community including those in the business, health, land use and infrastructure sectors.

“The plan is a comprehensive one to avoid displacement of communities,” he said. He admitted that there is no adaptive measures in the drawing board yet considering that the city is affected by the rise in floodwater because a large portion of the communities live near the shores.

Lepardo said he could not conclude if the recent floodings in the city is caused largely by garbage because he could not put a percentage on which type of garbage was found in the debris. “May mga sanga-sanga, sagbot, buko ug plastic pud (there are tree branches, weeds, coconut husks and plastic),” he added.

Source: pia.gov.ph

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