A total of 27 participants visited the Municipality of Lanuza, Surigao del Sur on February 20-22, 2017 to benchmark how the MLGU was able to access the People’s Survival Fund (PSF) with funding close to P 40 million for a 2-year project. The group was composed of representatives from LGUs Polomolok, Tupi, Maragusan and Maasim; PLGU South Cotabato; Mahintana Foundation, Inc.; Tribal Leaders Development Foundation; Sarangani Energy Corporation; Kasilak Foundation; and Conrado & Ladislawa Alcantara Foundation, Inc. (CLAFI). The PSF is a special fund in the National Treasury intended for local government units and accredited local/community organizations/institutions that finances climate change adaptation programs and projects.

The Municipal Mayor of Lanuza, Hon. Salvacion Azarcon, along with the Vice Mayor, Hon. Marvin Azarcon, and Mr. Melchor John Largo, MENRO, warmly welcomed the participants. They urged the group to submit project proposals to PSF for them to access the fund. The profile overview and the PSF Proposal of Lanuza were explained and presented by Mr. Largo. Now, the LGU is pursuing its advocacy of protecting communities from the precarious effects of climate change as well as providing them a climate-resilient sources of income.

The participants were thankful for the inputs provided to them by LGU Lanuza including the basic components and preparations needed in creating a quality project proposal for PSF. They also had the chance to tour the Municipal office and the centennial house known as the “Whitehouse” of Lanuza.

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