Project ReBUILD: Resilience Capacity Building for Cities and Municipalities to Reduce Disaster Risks from Climate Change and Natural Hazards (Phase 1)

What is the project about?

In its latest Global Assessment Report, the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction placed the Philippines third among the most disaster prone countries in the world by virtue of its exposure to natural hazards and the vulnerability of its exposed population. This situation is aggravated by new external threats like climate change, which has induced more intense meteorological and meteorologically triggered hazard events within the last decade, resulting in increased deaths and economic devastation, especially in areas unprepared for such phenomena. From recent past hazard events, meteorological and meteorologically induced hazards are becoming more dominant, particularly in Region 2, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Region 6, resulting in significant losses.

Although the Philippines has a long history of disaster management and adaptation to weather extremes, the current  capacities of its concerned national institutions, local government units and impacted communities are insufficient, and quickly outstripped to cope with the growing adverse impacts of natural hazards because of a rapidly changing climate. Capacities of both national and local duty bearers and local claim holders to estimate when and how big the impacts are going to be, as well as, to draw up the appropriate coping/adaptation responses need to be developed quickly to ensure the survival of the most vulnerable.

Therefore, Project ReBUILD seeks to improve the governance framework in Region 2, CAR and Region 6, by putting in place the necessary enabling policy environment, mechanisms, systems and tools. It also aims to improve the competencies of the concerned personnel to address disaster risks from natural hazards and climate change, which set back development gains and make the vulnerable poor population poorer.

Specifically, Project ReBUILD aims to assess the disaster vulnerabilities of the cities and municipalities surrounding the Cagayan River Basin (Region 2 and CAR) and the Jalaur River basin (Region 6), to geological, meteorological and meteorologically-induced hazards due to climate change. The result will provide the basis for priority mitigation and actions like community based and managed early warning systems and integrated contingency planning and mobilization. The Project will also enhance the competencies of the concerned local government units on mainstreaming climate/disaster risk management into local land use and development planning and regulatory processes. To increase the resilience of vulnerable communities, the Project will support the development of climate resilience livelihoods and risk sharing/transfer models. The Project will also help cull and organize knowledge on climate/disaster management for vulnerable communities. 

The projects expected outputs are the following:

  1. Climate/disaster risk vulnerabilities of the Cagayan River Basin (Region 2 and CAR) and the Jalaur River Basin (Region 6), including cities and municipalities around these river basins assessed;
  2. Priority climate/disaster mitigation actions for priority cities and municipalities around the Cagayan and Jalaur River Basins developed;
  3. Climate/disaster risk management mainstreamed into the planning and regulatory processes of cities/municipalities within and around the Cagayan and Jalaur River Basins;
  4. Socio-economic resilience of the poor and most vulnerable in Cagayan and Jalaur River Basins Developed; and
  5. Local knowledge management (KM) systems for communities around the Cagayan and Jalaur River Basins established. 

What have we accomplished so far?

With the signing of the Project Document in December 2012, the Project is in the process of completing the start-up activities, among these, the conduct of scoping and coordination meetings, inception workshop, consultations with local partners, and the conduct of the first Project Board Meeting, which firmed up the implementation strategy.

The Project is slated to be launched in the project areas in July 2013 while a Training of Trainers on geographic Information System was held in April 2013 to build the skills of local partners on exposure and vulnerability mapping using geospatial technology tools.


Major sources of financing (including all sources providing more than $100,000).

Donor name Amount contributed
Government of New Zealand/New Zealand Aid Programme USD 1,227,272.00

Delivery in previous fiscal year

2013 (Q1)
USD 6,637.08

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