WHEREAS, climate change is the current crisis the world is experiencing today and it is an international issue that concerns all fields of research and expertise including politics and economics;
WHEREAS, the Philippines has responded to the problem of climate change through RA 8749, otherwise known as Clean Air Act of 1999, to arrive at an effective air quality management program that will mitigate the worsening problem of air pollution in the country
WHEREAS, RA 9003, otherwise known as the Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, was also enacted to reinforce the country's drive towards a healthier environment that aimed at providing a comprehensive solution to the country's garbage problem.
WHEREAS, RA 9275, otherwise known as The Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004, was also enacted and aims to protect the country's water bodies from pollution from land-based sources such as industries and commercial establishments, agriculture and community/household activities;
WHEREAS, in response to what has essentially become a global crisis, the government has enacted the Climate Change Act (Republic Act 9729) that provides the policy framework with which to systematically address the growing threats on community life and its impact on the environment
WHEREAS, the Philippines has formulated the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) for 2011-2028 to enhance the adaptive capacity of communities, resilience of natural ecosystems, and sustainability of built environment to climate change which is expected to result to or attain Food Security, Water Sufficiency, Ecosystem and Environmental Stability, Human Security, Climate-smart industries and Services, Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Knowledge and Capacity Development;
WHEREAS, in line with the policy of the state to afford full protection and the advancement of the right of the people to a healthful ecology in accord with the rhythm and harmony of nature and fulfilling human needs while maintaining the quality of the natural environment for current and future generations.
WHEREAS, the LGUs, like Cotabato City, shall formulate their Local Climate Change Action Plan, consistent with the provisions of the Local Government Code, the Framework, and the National Climate Change Action Plan as they act as frontline agencies in the formulation, planning and implementation of climate change action plans in their respective areas;
WHEREAS, Cotabato City, being located in Central Mindanao, is considered one of the most vulnerable areas to the effects of climate change and mitigation and adaptation is the only way we can survive the negative effects of climate change;
WHEREAS, Cotabato City plans and implements programs and projects annually and these plans and programs shall be climate change resilient to be responsive to the call of the times;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JAPAL J. GUIANI, JR., Mayor of Cotabato City, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby order the creation of the Technical Working Group (TWG) on Water and Climate Change Resiliency Program for Cotabato City to work with USAID Be Secure Project, its Team Leader and Members, to wit;
SECTION 1. Composition
SECTION 2: Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Conduct regular meetings in pursuit of the objectives of the creation of this TWG.
2. Evaluate and propose action plans/activities on Water and Climate Change Resiliency Programs for the city.
3. Work with the USAID-Be Secure Project on the proposed Technical Assistance for Water and Climate Change Resiliency Programs for Cotabato City.
4. Study possibility of public-private-partnership (PPP) in the implementation of a Water and Climate Change Resiliency Programs for the city.
5. Consolidate and coordinate all Water and Climate Change Resiliency related projects of the city.
6. Study and recommend most appropriate promotion system or mechanics for a Water and Climate Change Resiliency Programs for the city so that people may understand and accept the proposed program.
SECTION 3: Meetings. The Study group shall meet at least once every month or as often as necessary.
SECTION 4: Repealing Clause. All orders, issuances and memoranda issued inconsistent herewith are deemed superseded, cancelled and/or revoked.
SECTION 5: Effectivity. This Executive Order shall take effect immediately.
Done in Cotabato City this 11th day of May, 2015.