Top Websites for Resources in Local Government Planning in the Philippines

How can Filipino environmental planners complete mandated local plans effectively?

Here are top websites where local government planners can download and access references and resources for completing and updating mandated local plans.

Designing Resilience

An output of the Building Climate Resiliency Through Urban Plans and Designs project, designingresilience.ph contains knowledge resources for Filipino environmental planners.

Publications include:

Geoanalytics PH

“Risk Analysis Made Easy”

This platform hosted by DOST-PHIVOLCS allows local government planners to generate rapid exposure assessments for seismic, volcanic and hydro-meteorologic hazards.

With data on the exposure of populations (2015 census), schools and health facilities, LGU planners can proceed to validation and vulnerability assessments instead of starting from scratch.

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Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)

Urban planning (and consequently comprehensive land use planning) is both a technical and a political exercise. DILG resources cover topics including:

Climate Change Commission (CCC)

The integration of climate change into land use planning is mandated by the Climate Change Act of 2009.

The Climate Change Commission hosts a hub of knowledge products, covering topics on greenhouse gas emission inventory, climate budgeting, and climate risk assessment.

Training modules on climate budgeting and natural resources accounting are also downloadable.

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National Color-Coded Agricultural Guide Map

Local government planners can build the capacity of their local farmers against climate change through publishing offline maps from the web map platform.

Project NOAH

Still one of the most important accomplishments in Philippine disaster risk reduction, the Project Noah website enables assessments of exposure to all hazards, except sea level rise.

Awesome Data Philippines

A collection of open data sources in the Philippines, hosted by Ben Hur Pintor. What I’ve used:

  • Links to download hazard data from Project NOAH
  • Downloader for Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) tiles
  • Humanitarian data for the Philippines at data.humdata.org/group/phl

Coastal Risk Screening Tool (Climate Central)

Shows probable coastal risks based on global estimates of sea level rise and annual flood levels. Local government planners should use the tool to “identify places that may require deeper investigation of risk.”

Read: Techniques in Comprehensive Land Use Planning

Climate Risk Analysis for Projected Temperature and Rainfall Changes (PAGASA)

Provincial-scale projections for rainfall and temperature are available from two publications of PAGASA:

Enhanced Climate Change Expenditure Tagging Helper (OML Center)

Mainstreaming climate change into the local planning process is a technically challenging endeavor for Filipino LGU planners.

The eCCET Helper makes the preparation of climate adaptation plans and tagging climate-related expenditures more intuitive.

The tool asks planners a series of questions about climate hazards and development priorities, then generates prescribed forms available for download. LGU planners can use the results of the inquiry to ensure climate change adaptation and mitigation are incorporated into CLUP, CDP and the LCCAP.

What other tools and resources do you use in local government planning in the Philippines?

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