Dumangas is a First Class Municipality within the Province of Iloilo in the Philippines. It is a rural town with a population of 66,108, and is divided into 45 Barangays (The Philippines has multiple levels of governance: National, Provincial, City/ Municipal and Barangays. Each level has its own League). Dumangas developed a reputation for innovation and strong community values, under its former leader, Mayor Ronaldo Golez, through its implementation of the National Climate Change Act of 2009 and the Philippines Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010.
Following Dumangas’ adoption of the Durban Adaptation Charter, Mayor Golez was instrumental in ensuring that the Province of Iloilo followed suit, such that the DAC became pivotal in all aspects of annual provincial investment, economic and development planning. The DAC is currently being cascaded upwards into the Leagues of Provinces, Cities and Municipalities, which have 79, 142, 1500 members respectively, and downwards into the League of Barangays, which has 42,000 members.
This initiative, started by a single rural Municipality, is having a positive impact on Philippine climate change adaptation planning and implementation. It shows how a small but cohesive and determined community can have an impact at all levels of Philippine governance, and even internationally. It is for this reason that Dumangas was identified as a regionally influential local government organisation, and was invited to become a member of the DAC core network of regionally influential cities.