DAGUPAN CITY, April 24 (PIA) — The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) has chosen Dagupan City as a partner in developing programs to address calamities and disasters caused by climate change.
In a statement, City Administrator Vlad Mata, the project’s focal person, said the UN Habitat will provide funds to support the city’s disaster resilience for a four-year period.
She said the funds will be drawn from a $7 million (or P294 million)- budget allotted by the UN Habitat for 10 cities around the world chosen for research and development, profiling and measurement of resilience to improve each city’s resistance to climate change.
Dagupan was chosen as one of the 10 cities under the UN’s City Resilience Profiling Programme (CRPP) to improve urban resilience.
Urban resilience refers to the ability of any urban system to withstand and recover quickly from catastrophic events.
“(Dagupan) is vulnerable to flooding, storm surges, tsunami and sea level rise because of its (physical location) on the coastline. It is also the catch basin of floodwaters from neighboring towns,” Mata said.
“This program will guide the city in preparing and recovering from the worst calamities,” he added.
Mata said the city qualified for the partnership after it passed the UN Habitat’s four criteria namely: willingness to participate in developing an integrated urban systems model; availability of the city’s data on hazard risk assessments; demonstration of commitment to sharing information and producing promotional materials, and the partner city’s good relations with other cities .
The other partner cities under CRPP are Barcelona, Spain; Lokoja, Nigeria; Portmore, Jamaica; Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania; Concepcion & Talcahuano, Chile; Beirut, Lebanon; Tehran, Iran; Balangoda, Sir Lanka and Wellington, New Zealand.
The UN-Habitat is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. (MCA/VHS-PIA1 Pangasinan with reports from CIO)