By Antonio Colina IV
DAVAO CITY – The government will set aside P10 billion to increase the capabilities of vulnerable provinces on climate change adaptation, mitigation, and disaster risk reduction.
“Readiness and preparedness are keys 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 investment will include cover 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 agriculture’s vulnerability to climate change, Cimatu said it’s 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 the Department of Agriculture is undertaking a nationwide training on climate-smart farm.
“Filipinos should also prepare for the impact of strong earthquakes. Comprehensive trainings for Rapid Earthquake Damage Assessment System (REDAS) should be conducted in several provinces nationwide to provide local government units with “quick and near real-time simulated earthquake hazard map information,” Cimatu said.
The system could aid the LGUs in decision-making and mainstreaming the disaster risk reduction into the local development planning process.
The Department of Science and Technology is 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 basins, 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 from the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) on communications technology to prepare “the communities and LGUs in case of disasters.”