About the Project

Strengthening Institutions and Empowering Localities Against Disasters and Climate Change in the Philippines (SHIELD) aims to support the Philippine government in building institutional and community resilience to climate change and all types of hazards. The 6-year program is funded by the Australian Embassy in the Philippines and implemented by the United Nations Development Program and the Department of the Interior and Local Government, with consortium partners including UN-Habitat.

UN-Habitat leads the efforts in working with provinces in preparing risk and resilience-informed plans, investment programs, finance accessing, and technical support to national government agencies in harmonizing procedures and requirements for local resilience planning. Particular to the SHIELD work in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), UN-Habitat supports the region in drafting the Bangsamoro Spatial Development Framework, capitalizing on UN-Habitat tools and experiences in post-conflict areas.

Project Timeline: 2022-2027

Partner provinces: Albay, Cagayan, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Quezon, Cebu, Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Davao Oriental

Partner regions: National Capital Region, BARMM

Project Outputs

LGU Resiliency Resourcing and Implementation
Government, private sector and civil society stakeholders in target areas collaborating to unlock funding and implementing informed and inclusive resilience actions
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Policy Engagement
Relevant national government agencies are prioritizing action on local climate and disaster resilience
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Science to Practice
Philippine scientific agencies are producing tailored and accessible information for local resilience action
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Project Outputs

The methodology builds on the existing tools used by local government unit in assessing and planning for climate change resilience building, more specifically the Climate and Disaster Risk Assessment (CDRA). The methodology also builds on the earlier work by The World Bank on developing a provincial climate vulnerability diagnostics. The key value addition of PCRD was the risk dimension and the inclusion of information on likelihood of occurrence of the hazards such as climate change scenarios.

The PCRD Tool is an Excel-based, GIS-compatible tool that makes use of climate risk determinants following the IPCC AR5 and AR6 frameworks, and covers Hazards, Exposure, Vulnerability, and Severity of Consequence of impacts. The tool delivers Risk analytics on the scale of the province (Basic) or even at the smaller scale (Basic+), depending on the data entered in the Tool. Its interactive user interface allows users to navigate data layers to examine the different components of climate risks, risks under different climate scenarios, and to engage in scenario analysis with a limited set of built-in adaptation and resilience interventions.

The learnings from the two provinces, along with multistakeholder feedback and expert inputs, have been distilled into a Short Note that provides recommendations on how the PCRD Tool can be used and integrated into the local planning process, particularly for resilience-building. The recommendations provided can be used in a policy brief to the GOP on climate resilient investments.

Results of application of the Tool in the provinces of Southern Leyte and Bukidnon were developed as provincial risk profiles. The Risk Profiles contain all the diagnosis results, including hazards, exposure, vulnerability, and risk. The documents demonstrate the usability of PCRD, and its effectiveness in translating results into a cohesive report that can serve as basis for decision-making, prioritization, and resource allocation.

Planning for Resilience

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54% of the Philippines’ total population is living in urban areas as of 2020 (Philippines Statistics Authority, 2022).

In the Asia Pacific region, around 742 million urban dwellers are facing high or extreme multiple hazards; this number could reach nearly 1 billion by 2030. Climate change will intensify the urban heat island effect.
– UN-Habitat and UN ESCAP, 2018 (Climate Change and National Urban Policies In Asia And The Pacific) 

The Philippines ranks 4th among countries most affected by extreme weather events from 2000 to 2019. – Global Climate Risk Index, 2021

SHIELD aims to expedite resilience-building efforts in these provinces through collaborative partnerships involving multiple stakeholders. The program employs risk-based planning, improves value chains, and ensures business continuity to foster resilience against disasters and climate change.


Project Donor

Consortium Leads and Partners

The Australia-Philippines relationship is a long-standing friendship built on mutual trust and cooperation. Since 1946, Australia and the Philippines have worked together to ensure a close partnership grounded in a commitment to peace, stability and prosperity in our region. Our cooperation is deep and mature, covering defence, security and development, and growing trade and investment, all supported by strong people-people ties.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) assists local government units to effectively and efficiently deliver services to their constituents. DILG formulates policies, plans, and programs to enhance local autonomy, focusing particularly on the administrative, technical, and fiscal capacities of LGUs.

DILG is a key government partner of UN-Habitat as member of the Project Steering Committee of Building Climate Resiliency through Urban Plans and Design (BCRUPD), Co-Chair of the Project Advisory Committee of Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative (HOCCI), and consortium lead of Strengthening Institutions and Empowering Localities Against Disasters and Climate Change (SHIELD).

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) works to eradicate poverty and reduce inequalities through sustainable development. UNDP has been working in the Philippines for over 40 years as it continues to strengthen the country’s capacities at the national and local levels to promote democratic governance, sustainable management of natural resources, climate change adaptation and disaster risk management, and resilience and peacebuilding.

Together with DILG, UNDP leads the consortium implementing Strengthening Institutions and Empowering Localities Against Disasters and Climate Change (SHIELD).

The Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS) is a solidarity network of Bangsamoro NGOs and other civil society organizations committed to sustainable advocacy for peace, human rights, good governance, and development. 

CBCS is a member the consortium implementing Strengthening Institutions and Empowering Localities Against Disasters and Climate Change (SHIELD).

National Resilience Council is a public-private partnership that addresses critical gaps between science, policy, and practice by employing a whole-of-society approach involving the national and local government, private sector, scientific institutions, academe, and civil society.

NRC is a member of the consortium implementing Strengthening Institutions and Empowering Localities Against Disasters and Climate Change (SHIELD).

Philippine Business for Social Progress is the largest business-led social development NGO at the forefront of corporate citizenship that contributes to sustainable development and poverty reduction.

PBSP is a member of the consortium implementing Strengthening Institutions and Empowering Localities Against Disasters and Climate Change (SHIELD).

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