THE first Climate Resilience Center in Eastern Visayas will rise soon in Palo, Leyte — one of the areas devastated by supertyphoon Yolanda in November 2013.
Senator Loren Legarda said that the CRC will be a center for research on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation and mitigation.
“The Eastern Visayas region should utilize information and research from the Climate Resilience Center and translate these into practice,” she said.
The CRC has already been funded under the CCC’s 2016 budget and the land, which is located in the government center in Palo, will be donated by the provincial government of Leyte.
Legarda, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, said the building itself will be a “model for sustainable architecture.”
It will use “green architectural design” that would maximize the use of natural light and wind flow, provide for rainwater catchment system, use recycled materials and LED lights.
It will also showcase all environmental laws and programs on sustainable living—ecological solid waste management, efficient energy and water use, planting and growing of trees and vegetable garden.
The CCC will conduct LGU-based participatory governance workshop and each local government unit will train their barangay officials, who will also train residents of their respective communities.
“Everybody will be a climate warrior and climate and disaster resilience will be a way of life for the whole community,” said Legarda.