Southeastern Philippines now ready for climate change

Cabadbaran City’s Sabang River (Photo by Marvin)

Cabadbaran City, Philippines – The Food and Agriculture Organizations (FAO) spearheaded the Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) Systems Analysis Workshop and Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction Planning for Agriculture to equip the concerned agencies and DRRM coordinators of the respective natural disaster prone areas.

“There is a great need to equip and upgrade the knowledge of the DRRM coordinators in responding to catastrophes considering that the effects of climate change has been apparent world-wide,” said Dr. Stephan Baas, Sr. Natural Resources Officer of FAO Headquarters from Rome, Italy.

DRRM of FAO aims to reduce the vulnerability of people before, during and after disasters through risk assessment, risk reduction (preparedness, prevention and mitigation), emergency response and rehabilitation. After a disaster hits, DRRM focuses on recovery and rehabilitation to increase community resilience to future hazards through longer-term interventions that facilitate the transition from relief to development.

To experience the concrete work as disaster coordinators, the delegates conducted an actual community assessment and formulated recommendations to the 5 barangays of Cabadbaran City applying the key processes of the DRRM Framework.

Aside from the training on disaster preparedness, Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA) has presented their devised program that would lighten and validate the rice farmers recording every planting and harvest seasons. The process will also identify the actual affected areas during calamities.

“This is a computer and internet-based application that collects baseline data and consolidate it into reports at various levels: Barangay, Municipal, Provincial and Regional level,” said Professor Vladimir Foronda of Central Bicol State University of Agriculture.

Professors from CBSUA said that they are scheduled to conduct hands on training to the agricultural technicians of Caraga on April this year.

Disaster management contributes to the Hyogo Framework for Action, the global common platform to build the resilience of nations and communities to disasters. The FAO approach ensures that interventions in food and agriculture are effective, sustainable and focused on people.

The activity was participated by the representatives from Department of Agriculture – 11 and 13, coastal municipalities of these regions and the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRICE). (Fretcher Magatao 02/14/2017,


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