ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability Southeast Asia Secretariat (ICLEI SEAS) conducted orientation workshops for survey enumerators and external data providers in Legazpi City (4-5 June 2019) and General Santos (24-25 June 2019) to build the cities’ capacities in conducting greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory including the survey methodologies that this entail.
The workshop is part of the support of the Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE), a project of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), aiming to foster resilient and sustainable economic growth among secondary cities in the Philippines.
The first day of the orientation workshop introduced the basics of climate change and GHG inventories, as well as the survey questionnaire that the cities will be distributing to the external data providers. Survey enumerators hired by the local governments will lead the data collection. The standard operating procedures and logistics of the survey proper were also finalized.
In General Santos, the local government provided their enumerators with additional training on the use of Geographic Information Systems and Global Positioning Systems as they wanted to geotag each establishment that they were surveying. In Legazpi, the city conducted a dry-run of the survey. A scenario building activity was done in select establishments and the enumerators were encouraged to brainstorm on how they will react and mitigate certain challenges that they will encounter while administering the survey.
On the second day of the workshop, the cities gathered fuel stations, fuel retailers, and commercial establishments with waste water discharge permits. These establishments can provide key activity data needed to complete the community-level GHG inventory. An open forum happened afterwards where they asked any questions or clarifications regarding the content of survey questionnaire and the conduct of the survey itself.
The survey for both cities will continue throughout the month of July. Once the data has been gathered, the cities will then proceed to conduct a writeshop facilitated by ICLEI to do the GHG emissions calculations.