This is consistent with the Aquino administrationâ€™s commitment to promote environment-friendly and sustainable food-production practices,â€� said Roland Cabigas, La Liga president and managing director.
â€œFor the first time in the history of alternative budget advocacy for the environment sector, the DENR will open its budget preparation process to the participation of different civil society organizations,â€� said La Liga president and managing director Roland Cabigas.
In a statement, Cabigas
said the citizen groupsâ€™ plans, project and budget proposals could soon be integrated into the next DENR budget.
â€œThe ABI Envi Cluster held several dialogues with, among others, the Departments of Environment and Natural Resources and of Budget and Management as well as the House of Representatives and the Senate, and pushed proposals on environment management and protection addressing climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and management, and related measures, and a significant number of these proposals were adopted and integrated in the 2013 GAA signed by President Noynoy Aquino last December,â€� said La Liga President and Managing Director Roland Cabigas.
Roland Cabigas, president of La Liga Policy Institute, which serves as A7â€™s secretariat, said the project would involve strategic consultations and workshops among local governments, citizen groups and institutions.
The aim is to localize disaster risk reduction management plans and to enhance public awareness about them.
said the routine floods and landslides have contributed to the deterioration of the Marikina watershed and in turn affected the residents and the development of various areas.
â€œThe concerned LGUs, (local government units), cognizant of the limitations of singular approaches, thus formed the A7 as an inter-local cooperation and partnershipâ€™ to enhance the individual and collective capacities (of members),â€� he said.
said the project would boost disaster risk reduction and management policies andÂ build up the capabilities of local governments and their partners.
The project will also entail the launching of effective information and education campaigns.
said the A7â€™s effort will â€œshowcase the effective approach to make communities safer, highly adaptive and more resilient to disasters.â€�