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Clean Technology and CCA-DRR:
The Del Carmen Experience
Mayor Alfredo Matugas Coro II
Del Carmen, Siargao Island
Clean Technology concept is new to Del Carmen
and the Philippines as our focus is on Climate
Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction
due to the volume of storms and other natural
calamities we experience very year. Due to our
focus on CCA-DRR, allow me to present
incorporating Clean Technology in CCA-DRR
through the Del Carmen Experience.
Siargao Island
Updated as of
Del Carmen Investment Overview
About Del Carmen
Del Carmen is one of the 9 municipalities
on Siargao Island off northeastern
Mindanao. A 5th class municipality with a
poverty index of 67.24%. Del Carmen has
4,000 ++ hectares of mangrove forest, the
largest contiguous mangrove forest in the
Siargao island was declared as a
Protected Landscape and Seascape. It
was chosen as a priority protected area
primarily due to its important biophysical features such as the extensive
expanse of mangrove forest.
About Del Carmen
Del Carmen is geographical isolated with the mainland a
distant 2 hours away from the regular boats we have. We
do not measure in terms of nautical miles since people
will only identify the travel time
The geographical isolation and the fears of waves that
resulted in several accidents in previous years, has limited
government’s intervention to the concerns of the island
The minimal support obtained, meant limited knowledge
in agriculture, specialization of skills, access to new
learning, and slow adoption of norms presented in
Island Culture: A
unique tropical
Island Culture and
behavior that may
between lazy and
Del Carmen is Highly Vulnerable
to Disasters and Climate Changes
(Most important fact to remember about Del
What we can do!
Sustainable Ecosystem (EcoTown) Framework Program
with the Climate Change Commission
The EcoTown Framework
A convergence strategy to address the identified
climate change vulnerability in the area. The
synergy targeted is that of the different programs
of various government agencies, private partners
and local communities. The objective is to
aggressively address the problem to give direct,
immediate, substantial and sustainable (DISS)
What we have done so far…
Proposal: Paradigm shift from livelihood to
entrepreneurship: Change concept from raw materials
to product with longer shelf life, small packages and
focused marketing. Climate resilient supply chain from
raw materials to distribution.
• Hopyaw
• Bags
• Daing
• Water
Action: We have now identified several raw materials
for product development based on market valuation
performed by DTI. Technologies are from DOST and
potential funding from DA and DOLE.
Clean Technology: Increasing Production using less
power. Technologies are supplied by Government.
• Suka
What we have done so far…
Proposal: Siargao is already known as a surfing and
game fishing destination but these markets are
dependent on climatic conditions. Use the climate
changes to create climate proof tourism
Actions: Development of other tourism offering to
maximize the 5,000 hectare mangrove forest for
fishing, cruising and rich biodiversity research.
Luring investors to work with the local government
is our current focus.
Clean Technology: Eco-Tourism Promotion to
generate low carbon emitting jobs.
Climate Proof
Tourism Offering:
Del Carmen
Mangrove Cruise
and Mangrove
What we have done so far…
Proposal: Proposed the clustering of services in
specific development areas to manage resources
Actions: We understood what our community can
offer to serve the greater good of Siargao Island -Del Carmen hosts the Siargao Airport, State
University, Provincial Agri Center, Sanitary Landfill.
Clean Technology: Clustering of resources reduces
the need to use additional resources and energy.
Proper planning helps reduce energy emission and
increase energy efficiency.
The New Siargao
Domestic Airport
Current Learnings
• Planning for CCA-DDR is utilization of Clean
Technology Process and Product
• Planning Approach: Direct, Immediate, Substantial
and Sustainable (DISS)
• Bottomline: Saving Lives now and tomorrow!
Marajaw na Hapon sa Ijo Hurot!
(Thank you very much)