TABUK CITY, Kalinga – The Comprehensive and Development Plan (CDP) drafted in 2017 has reached the end of its term, thus stakeholders have been called to a workshop to discuss its formation for fiscal years 2023-2028.
The conference was organized by the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) in collaboration with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), not to formulate the CDP, but also to improve its substance.
The initial topics reviewed were the mainstreaming of the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)/Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and the Gender and Development (GAD) as cross-cutting elements to be included in consideration in the conceptualization of the CDP.
Integration of DRR/CCA elements into humanitarian or development efforts is critical in running a resilient government, particularly amid the previous administration’s missteps. Making it a top priority at all levels of project planning, budgeting, implementation, monitoring, and assessment is critical.
Meanwhile, gender flexibility integration is a global strategy aimed at gender-sensitive terminology, balanced access to services, and equal participation in decision-making and treatment.
These themes are contemporary and relevant, according to Henry Gupaal, and their inclusion in the CDP is a necessary. “Planning for the next six (6) years of the city is a difficult task to carry out, especially as new concerns emerge; may we come up with a gender-sensitive strategy that prioritizes DRR/CCA,” he added.
By Rio Dongcayan Bassong