Climate Change Focals and Information Officers Expose on DRR Policy Actions in Agri-fishery Extension, ATI-CRA Project Status Levels Off

The participants with Dir. Luz A. Taposok during the National Updates on DA's Disaster Risk Reduction Policy Actions

DILIMAN, Quezon City.  Disaster preparedness and readiness are encouraged to all sectors.  Climate change focal persons and information officers of the ATI network were convened for a national updates on the DA’s Disaster Risk Reduction Policy Actions in Agriculture and Fishery Extension (AFE) cum ATI Climate Resilient Agriculture Project Progress Reporting.

Dr. Luz A. Taposok, ATI Director said in her message that the country is suffering from typhoons, floods and other forms of natural disasters.  It is in this reason that the Department of Agriculture crafted a Disaster Risk Reduction Operations Manual, which will soon be used by ATI in anchoring its DRR programs.
The workshop served as a venue for giving participants updates on the DA’s disaster risk reduction operations manual, the outlook for the review of sustainable land management, the implication of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear for public health preparedness, terrorism and other terroristic attacks as emerging man-made disaster risks, national disaster risk management on terrorism and other related incidents and the ATI DRRM plan.  Tips on process documentation were also presented to the participants for them to document the newly implemented climate resilient agriculture project of ATI in all regions. 
For the climate change focal persons to have a total grasp of the five-year project, the general framework of the CRA project and the guides and roles in its implementation were presented.  “It will be your basis in crafting a project document for the regional level,” Mr. Vicente Dayanghirang, Jr. said during his presentation. 
Meanwhile, climate change focal persons presented the status of the implementation of the CRA project.  Generally, outputs from the region were the conduct of local participatory project planning, project execution, participatory rural appraisal, training on the use of climate risk and vulnerability assessment, community baseline survey, identification and validation of proposed projects and launching or awarding of CRA project. 
As a workshop output, climate change focal persons are expected to prepare and submit an action plan in the implementation of the disaster risk reduction management for the center, prepare a CRA project document covering the five-year implementation of the project, prepare CRA action plan and work and financial plan for 2018, conduct process documentation on the implementation of the CRA project, and develop IEC materials for distribution to the CRA project recipients.
The workshop was conducted on August 8-10, 2017 at ATI Serrano Hall, Diliman Quezon City.