Building Climate Resilient Communities: A Collaborative Effort

Participants collaborate to answer a recap question during the workshop

DILIMAN, Quezon City – Forging collaborative roles in the entire system of the Department of Agriculture (DA) for a stronger force in achieving climate resiliency is the primary aim of the project on “Building Agriculture and Fisheries Climate-Resilient Livelihoods and Communities.” It is part of the DA's Adaptation and Mitigation Initiatives in Agriculture (DA-AMIA) that intends to develop new ways of doing things in mainstreaming climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies in the country.

Hence, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) initiated a two-day briefing to create awareness and understanding of community resiliency among the project frontliners last May 3 to 4, 2016. The briefing geared towards enabling the participants to further understand the DA-AMIA Framework on the project so they could better inform their clientele at the community level on specific threats within their farms, commodity systems, and landscape.

Participatory lectures and discussions centered on the DA-AMIA Framework; Implications of Landscape Planning in the Delivery of Agriculture Extension; The Role of Agencies Performing Extension under the Knowledge Management System; Window Credit Facility under the DA-AMIA Project 2; and Public Investment on Risk Insurance. These topics were discussed by Director Alicia G. Ilaga of the DA System-Wide Climate Change Office (SWCCO); Dr. Eliseo R. Ponce, Consultant for the DA-AMIA project; Dr. Rowena Baconguis, Consultant for the DA-AMIA project; Noel Clarence Ducusin, Chief of the Agricultural Credit Policy’s Program Development and Management Office (ACPC-PDMO); and Rodelia Pagaddu, Manager of the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation’s Business Development and Marketing Department (PCIC-BDMD), respectively.  

Also included is an action planning workshop on the roles of ATI’s Regional Training Centers (ATI-RTCs) and DA Regional Field Offices (DA-RFOs) under the Knowledge Management System led by Vicente Dayanghirang, Jr., the Team Leader of ATI’s Climate Change group.

The importance of building strong partnerships within each of the participants’ offices to complement each other in the implementation and conduct of the Climate-Risk Vulnerability Assessment (CRVA) was emphasized. As such, during the planning session, they agreed to establish an institutional agreement for work complementation among all DA agencies to be more effective in delivering extension services throughout the country. The roles of climate change focal persons from DA-RFOs and ATI-RTCs as information providers and resource persons in several learning events were also laid down during the workshop.

This DA-AMIA Project 2 on Building Agriculture and Fisheries Climate-Resilient Livelihood and Communities involves a policy-oriented Community Participatory Action Research (CPAR) that is meant to demonstrate adaptation guidelines through community-based activities and to strengthen national and local governance. Its framework is composed of nine key clusters, namely Establishing enabling environment; Vulnerability assessment and risk targeting; Developing knowledge pool of climate-risk assessment (CRA); CRA community action-learning; Enhancing services and institutions; Integrating CRAs within agri-food systems and value chains; CRA actions and outcomes at-scale; Knowledge management for results; and Program management and partnership platforms. This project is set to be implemented in nine pilot provinces – Ilocos Sur, Isabela, Tarlac, Quezon, Camarines Sur, Iloilo, Bukidnon, Davao Oriental, and Negros Occidental.

Attended by a total of 28 DA-RFOs’ AMIA focal persons, ATI RTCs’ climate change focal persons, and ATI Central Office’s Climate Change team, the two-day briefing was held at the ATI Serrano Hall in this city.