City ‘highly vulnerable’ from climate change-A A +A
Monday, February 10, 2014
ILOILO City is vulnerable to climate change but it was able to overcome initial debacle by putting up projects to minimize carbon dioxide emission aside from strengthening its own disaster risk management program, an official said.
“Climate change is already with us as evidenced by heavy rainfall, drought, El Niña and La Niña and we must learn how to adapt with it in order to survive,” said Engr. Noel Hechanova, city environment and natural resources officer (Cenro).
The city is located within the typhoon belt with 20 percent of all typhoons hitting Western Visayas in the months of October, November and December. Aside from being a coastal city, it is also a flood-prone area and a drainage end of water from the upstream.
Three rivers and watershed threatened the city from the Iloilo River, Tigum-Aganan River and Jalaur River and the hazard map shows 11 city barangays along the Iloilo River, 22 barangays in flood-prone Jaro district and 26 barangays attack by storm surges and possible tsunami due to the nearby Negros fault.
However, the city learned its bitter lesson from Typhoon Frank in 2008 and today, its local disaster risk management council is in place and greatly helped in disaster management, Hechanova said.
The city has also instituted a program on carbon emission to help in the total green house program by setting up the perimeter boundary ordinance (PBO). The existing law avoids entry of all public transport vehicles to the city, thus saving 11,000 liters of gas fuel per day and arrest 29,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide.
Other city initiatives include the retrofitting of streetlights and offices from the fluorescent bulbs to light emitting diode, and regulating the use of city lights in barangay hall, gymnasiums and other city government buildings, thus saving the electricity cost and carbon emission.