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Food sufficiency set
amid climate change

MANILA -- Top officials of the Climate Change Commission and the Department of Agriculture met to map out plans to help the agriculture sector adapt to the adverse effects of climate change.

DA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol sought the assistance of CCC officials led by Secretary Emmanuel De Guzman and Commissioners Frances Veronica Victorio and Noel Gaerlan in launching initiatives aimed at achieving food sufficiency in the face of climate change.

During the meeting held on July 5 at the CCC headquarters in Malacañang, Piñol presented various projects that he wants to implement to make the agriculture sector climate change-resilient, which are centered on water conservation and management.

These include the Family-Based Agro-Forestry Program, installation of solar-powered irrigation facilities in remote villages, and vegetable production in urban areas under the concept of “Vegetable Gardens in the City.”

De Guzman assured Piñol CCC's full support for the implementation of all climate change adaptation projects of the DA, noting that the projects fall within the Commission's framework on adaptation and mitigation.

De Guzman also lauded Piñol for the partnership since CCC promotes and facilitates the convergence of government policies, plans and programs for climate and disaster resilience.

“The solar-powered irrigation envisioned by Secretary Piñol for piloting is actually a good example of adaptation measure linked to mitigation,” the vice chair of the CCC said.

DA's projects under Piñol, he said, are likewise in line with the CCC's campaign for climate justice by promoting convergence of national and local agencies to protect the poorest and most vulnerable sectors including farmers, from climate change.

De Guzman said the CCC will help DA with the technical requirements of the projects to access funding from the People's Survival Fund (PSF) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

The CCC is under the Office of the President and is the lead policy-making body of the government tasked to coordinate, monitor and evaluate state programs and ensure mainstreaming of climate change in national, local and sectoral development plans toward a climate-resilient and climate-smart Philippines.

“Can you imagine if we are able to say plant two million hectares, that's one million families which would earn a big sum within the next five years, eight years. At the same time, we will be able to reforest a vast area effectively,” Piñol said.

CCC personnel will join DA officials when they inspect a possible site of the pilot implementation of the project in Samar province next week.*PNA


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