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UNDP, PCIC Recognize ATI’s Contributions to WIBI Mindanao Project
DAVAO CITY - The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), along with other government institutions, were recognized for their outstanding contributions and invaluable support to the Weather Index-Based Insurance (WIBI) Mindanao Project during the National Stakeholders’ Forum held recently.
OIC-Director Dr. Luz A. Taposok and Engr. Renato B. Dela Cruz represented the ATI and received the award. Other government agencies who received such award were Philippine Rice Research Institute, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), DA-Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC), DA-Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) Region X and DA-PCIC Region XI.
The said forum, dubbed as “Scaling-up Risk Transfer Mechanisms for Climate Vulnerable Agriculture-based Communities in Mindanao,” showcased the challenges and milestones of the WIBI Mindanao Project and also served as the culmination activity for the long-term project.
As explained by WIBI Mindanao National Project Manager Israel Q. Dela Cruz, the project was launched in June 2015 to strengthen resilience of vulnerable rural communities in Mindanao through climate risk transfer mechanisms and productivity development measures thereby reducing poverty. This project was made possible through the joint efforts of various government bodies headed by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the PCIC under the Department of Agriculture.
Prior to the forum, Dr. Taposok also attended the 6th WIBI Mindanao Project Board Meeting to discuss the project updates presented by the WIBI Mindanao National Project Manager and by responsible parties, consultants and focal persons. The future plans for the project were also discussed.
The project meeting and the forum was held last March 14, 2017 at the Marco Polo Hotel in this city.