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'Matatag' office to help carry out ADB-funded climate project for poor.

THE interagency Social Development Committee (SDC) has approved the creation of a technical advisory group that will focus on urban poor housing concerns, the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) said.

In an interview, Neda Undersecretary Rosemarie G. Edillon told the BusinessMirror that the Multi-Agency Technical Assistance and Team Advisory Group (Matatag) will be tasked to help implement an Asian Development Bank (ADB)-funded Technical Assistance on climate-change resilience for the urban poor.

The ADB's Regional Technical Assistance (Reta) on Advancing Inclusive and Resilient Urban Development Targeted at the Urban Poor covers Indonesia, Bangladesh and the Philippines.

'It's really for the Reta of ADB. We just constituted an advisory group, so it's also a multiagency [body] and it's for the urban poor. It's actually to improve the resilience of the urban poor communities, also with respect to planning,' Edillon said.

Edillon said Matatag will be chaired by the Neda and cochaired by the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), since the main thrust is to resolve housing concerns of the urban poor.

The $5-million Reta on Advancing Inclusive and Resilient Urban Development Targeted at the Urban Poor is funded by the Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund under the Urban Financing Partnership Facility, which is administered by the ADB.

The Reta aims to help urban centers meet Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11, which focuses on making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Specifically, the Reta will identify opportunities for strengthening the resilience of the urban poor, including risk assessments on the impact of climate change and disasters on the urban poor, as well as how it affects urban poverty-reduction efforts.

The Reta also aims to use climate change and disaster-risk information to design pro-poor resilience-building investments, as well as undertaking preparatory work to strengthen the resilience of the urban poor.

'The activities may be implemented nationwide or for specific urban areas, depending on urban poverty trend, the level of climate and disaster risk, the existence of social protection and/or community-driven development projects,' ADB documents stated.

Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) data show the proportion of local governments in the country that adopt and implement local disaster risk-reduction strategies in line with national disaster risk-reduction strategies is very low in Region 6 or Western Visayas, at only 25 percent.

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Publication:Business Mirror (Makati City, Philippines)
Date:Mar 4, 2019
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