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Managing Director

La Liga

Employment History

  • Managing Director
    La Liga Policy Institute

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Alliance of Seven
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"Our country has time and again ..., 24 Sept 2012 [cached]
"Our country has time and again been battered by typhoons, floods and other calamities, but the government's response has been largely in the realm of reactive, cute, easy and good media-copy undertakings such as relief operations, cleaning-and-greening physical spaces and the like," La Liga Managing Director Roland Cabigas said. He noted the following statistics on disasters that hit the country recently, based on reports by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC):
Cabigas asked. La Liga, in its 2013 Alternative Budget Proposals Presentation in Congress, underscored the need to make the national budget climate-sensitive and DRR-proofed such as through funding strategic CCA and DRR programs and projects like clearing critical waterways of formal, informal and commercial/industrial settlements and establishments; biodiversity conservation, sustainable agriculture, fisheries and forestry; and development and promotion of the use of renewable and sustainable energy.
"Climate change is here and now. The past typhoons, and more recently, even monsoon rains, have been unusually devastating to our country and our people. The shattering impact of disasters, both climate-related and not, is as real as they can get, with grim indications that the worse may still be forthcoming," Cabigas said. "We just cannot continue on the business-as-usual or BAU mode whereby we confine our actions within the usual borders and comfort zones. It is time to go beyond these borders and act decisively in order to enhance our country's resiliency and adaptive capacity, and ultimately, national development targets on poverty alleviation, social services and human and economic development. And this must start with the 2013 National Budget, a turning point for President Aquino's administration," he concluded. (La Liga Policy Institute)
But, we must also acknowledge the ..., 31 July 2012 [cached]
But, we must also acknowledge the fact that the flooding then was aggravated by the eroded capacity of our watersheds and waterways to contain the massive downpour and make this flow freely toward larger natural water catch basins and, ultimately, the sea," La Liga Managing Director Roland Cabigas said.
Statistics from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) showed that among those severely affected was National Capital Region (NCR) especially Quezon City, Marikina, Pasig, Antipolo and Rizal province's Municipalities of Cainta, Rodriguez and San Mateo - all located in the vicinity of, or directly-linked to, the Marikina watershed which has been in critical condition for years.
The NDRRMC and local officials said the watershed's upstream and downstream tributaries, already heavily silted, could not contain the heavy downpour which thus overflowed and contributed greatly to the flooding.
Cabigas said, "These local government units thus formed the Alliance of Seven (A7) as an 'inter-local cooperation and partnership' to enhance their individual and collective capacities for effective disaster risk management, with La Liga serving as the A7 secretariat. They later crafted and began implementing their Integrated Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Program which includes beefing up technical capabilities, life-saving equipment and disaster funds."
La Liga stressed, however, that A7's initiatives must be complemented by efforts from the national government especially through its release of funds for the rehabilitation of the said watershed, known as the Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape (UMRBPL), which is among those listed to be financed through the P378 million soil conservation and watershed management budget of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) under the 2012 General Appropriations Act.
Cabigas added that apart from political will and actual budget allocations, fairness and justice must always be upheld and should never be compromised.
Caucus of Development NGO Networks - CODE-NGO 5th Congress, 22 Nov 2012 [cached]
Roland Cabigas, La Liga Policy Institute
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"The graduation of hundreds of new ..., 2 July 2012 [cached]
"The graduation of hundreds of new organic rice farmers is a milestone in our advocacy of sustainable, organic and ecological agriculture," said La Liga Managing Director Roland Cabigas.
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