By Ellalyn B. De Vera
About P120 million have been allocated by the People’s Survival Fund (PSF) Board to support two climate change adaptation projects in Mindanao.
The panel, composed of six goverment officials and three civil society members, has approved the funding support for the local government units (LGUs) of Lanuza, Surigao Del Sur and Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte for their respective climate change adaptation plans.
Lanuza, a fourth class municipality, is proposing a total of P47.5 million (of which P39.1 million is proposed for funding under PSF, and P8.4 million as LGU counterpart) for their adaptation project, while Del Carmen, a fifth class municipality, is proposing a total of P95.6 million (of which P80.7 million is for funding under PSF and P14.9 million as LGU and state college counterpart).
The key approaches include integrating natural resource protection and climate-resilient livelihood; protecting watershed, river, and mangroves; providing technical assistance to vulnerable farmers and fisherfolk, and mechanisms to reduce vector-borne diseases affecting agricultural dependent households; promoting community education on weather forecasting and climate variability to support decision making for agro-fishery practices; and building a regional center for research and extension.