By Antonio Colina IV
DAVAO CITY – The government will set aside a budget worth P10 billion as investments to enable provinces most vulnerable to disasters to increase their capabilities on climate change adaptation, mitigation and disaster risk reduction as “readiness and preparedness is key to resiliency,” Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said.
Speaking at the “Tatak ng Pagbabago 2019: The Pre-SONA Forum” at the SMX Convention Center Davao on Wednesday, Cimatu said the investments will include programs in agriculture and fisheries development, environmental protection and management, social welfare and livelihood development, water resources management, and infrastructure development.
“The government will provide the ability to generate, synthesize, and disseminate knowledge, methodologies, and decision-making tools to ensure climate resilience,” he said.
To reduce the agriculture’s vulnerability to climate change, Cimatu said it was important to equip the farmers with the right knowledge to make them understand its ill-effects, highlighting the plan of the government to scale up assistance to improve the resiliency of the agrarian reform beneficiaries
He said that the Department of Agriculture (DA) was already undertaking a nationwide training program on climate-smart farm.
Filipinos should also prepare for impact of storng earthquakes and that comprehensive trainings for Rapid Earthquake Damage Assessment System (REDAS) are already being conducted in several provinces nationwide to provide local government units with “quick and near real-time simulated earthquake hazard map information.”
The system could aid the LGUs in the decision-making and mainstreaming the disaster risk reduction into the local development planning process, Cimatu said.
Aside from this, he added the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) was also set to undertake several projects to enhance the resiliency of communities in the countryside, including the installation of doppler weather radars, high frequency doppler radar networks in various parts of the country, flood forecasting and warning systems in major river basis, borehole seismic station in Kanlaon Volcano in Negros Island, and probabilistic seismic hazard analysis in Davao City.
He said these projects will be complemented with programs by Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) on communications technology to prepare “the communities and LGUs in case of disasters.”