ASEAN delegates to tackle climate change in Laoag

LAOAG CITY — Following the Philippines’ hosting of the 31st Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit this year, Ilocos Norte is set to welcome around 150 delegates for related meetings on December 4-8 at the Plaza Del Norte Hotel and Convention Center, this city.

Marcell Tabije of the Provincial Resiliency Office said Tuesday the ASEAN summit in Ilocos Norte would focus its discussions on urban resilience to climate change and disaster risk reduction and management strategies.

He said the province is fortunate to have been chosen as the venue of the gathering as the topics to be discussed are aligned to the priority programs of the Ilocos Norte government under the administration of Governor Ma. Imelda Josefa Marcos.

According to Tabije, they are eager to welcome the ASEAN delegates and for them at the local resiliency office to learn the strategies and best practices of other Southeast Asian countries in terms of mitigating the impact of climate change and preventing possible loss of lives and property due to natural calamities.

Ilocos Norte officials envision to have a liveable, sustainable and resilient province.

As part of making Ilocanos resilient, the Ilocos Norte government continues to strengthen the implementation of early evacuation during the occurrence of typhoon and a recovery system such as the provision of cash and food-for-work programs to calamity victims.

The province has also institutionalized the establishment of a centralized emergency hotline 911 for quick response.