Poverty and Climate Change: An Assessment of the Administrative Responses of 10 Poor Provinces in the Philippines
Jocelyn C. Cuaresma
University of the Philippines
This paper evaluates the public administration responses to poverty and climate change of 10 poor provinces of the Philippines with the most number of poor individuals. Poverty in the provinces is heightened by the vulnerability of the area to natural calamities. The geographic location and the archipelagic make-up of the country render many provinces unnecessarily susceptible to the vagaries of natural calamities and disasters. Typhoons, earthquakes, volcanic eruption and their associated effects such as storm surge and landslides eclipse the capability of poor provinces to respond to devastation. The provincial governments must take the lead in addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation in their respective jurisdictions. The paper examines policies, programs and projects, partnerships and linkages instituted by 10 provinces with the most number of poor individuals in addressing climate change issues.