CABAGAN, Isabela. The agricultural extension workers have a critical role in creating awareness on climate change to the farmers as the most vulnerable sector. A three-day training on climate change advocacy was held for the agricultural extension workers of region 02.
The training provided the extension workers with advocacy strategies, how the climate change issue brought the farmers and how to adapt with its impacts, as well as the reduction of greenhouse gasses. Speakers from DOST-PAGASA and ATI extensively discussed the topics which the participants appreciated well. As mr. Boby Baccay of LGU Sto. Tomas, Isabela said that the resource speakers discussed the topics clearly and understandably. “They have their unique strategies on how to present their topics which the audience easily understood,” he added.
Mr. Mark Kevin M. Lodevico of LGU Diffun, Quirino likewise said that the training is well organized from the topics discussed and the activities. “We learned from the training that we should take action and educate individuals to be aware on climate change and we should continuously advocate climate change,” he said.
Meanwhile, the information campaign was likewise conducted on the second day for the farmers of Cabagan. It is part of exposing the extension workers on conducting information dissemination through campaigns and distribution of IEC materials. The said campaign was a very good venue for the farmers to interact with the expert from PAGASA on how to deal with climate change. It was also an eye-opener for them to educate their families, neighbors and constituents in the barangay on the said issue.
The training, which was conducted on August 14-16, 2019 was participated in by 34 extension workers, while the information campaign conducted on August 15 was participated in by 38 farmers. It was conducted at ATI-RTC 02 Cabagan Center, Cabagan, Isabela.