TCDEO attends seminar on climate change preparedness

TCDEO attends seminar on climate change preparedness

The Tacloban City District Engineering Office (TCDEO) attended a seminar on climate change and managing rivers and floods in Manila on December 5, 2022. Photo: DPWH-TCDEO

TACLOBAN CITY – The Tacloban City District Engineering Office (TCDEO) participated in the Seminar on Climate Change Perspectives in Managing Rivers and Floods on December 5, 2022, at the Bayview Park Hotel, Manila. 

The event, organized by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism-Water and Disaster Management Bureau (MLIT-WDMB), aimed to improve participants' understanding of climate change mitigation by gaining knowledge from Japan's experiences in river and flood management.

The seminar provided a valuable opportunity for agencies to better understand how to mitigate the effects of climate change by learning from Japan's experiences in managing rivers and floods. 

Relevant topics were discussed, including River Planning for Climate Change, which was tackled by the Chief of MLFT-WDMB, Mr. Kazuho Omichi, and the DPWH Flood Risk Management Master Plans, which were explored by Engr. Michael T. Alpasan from DPWH Unified Project Management Office- Flood Control Management Cluster (UPMO-FCMC).

The seminar also covered observed climatic trends and predicted climate change in the Philippines, as well as climate change initiatives and policies in the country. 

Additionally, the national greening program for climate change mitigation and adaptation was discussed by representatives from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Forest Management Bureau (DENR- FMB), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (DENR-NAMRIA), and the Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (DOST-PAGASA).

Participation in the seminar was important for TCDEO, as Eastern Visayas is particularly susceptible to natural disasters such as storms and floods. "This seminar is important for me, who works in the Planning and Design Section of TCDEO, because, as we all know, Eastern Visayas is very prone to natural disasters, particularly storms which cause floods," said Engr. Ted Bryan A. Bacor of TCDEO.

All in attendance benefited greatly from this seminar, as new information was shared that will be useful in the fight against climate change and the control of rivers and floods. Participants' efforts to prepare for and respond to future natural disasters will be aided by their increased knowledge of these topics.

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