TABUK, Kalinga: To address the negative impact of climate change and implement science-based solutions to minimize its effects and ensure the viability of agricultural programs, the Department of Science and Technology-Cordillera Administrative Region (DOST-CAR) launched the S&T Action Frontline for Emergencies and Hazards (SAFE) Program. The launch coincided with the celebration of the regional science and technology week of DOST-CAR and was held in October at the Kalinga State University-Main Campus in Tabuk, Kalinga.
The SAFE Program on Disaster Risk Reduction on Climate Change Impacts on Agricultural Farms in CAR is a multi-sectoral initiative spearheaded by the DOST and DOST-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), in partnership with the Highland Agriculture, Aquatic and Resources Research and Development Consortium, and the six participating state universities and colleges (SUCs).
“On behalf of DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña, we are fully supporting the SAFE Program and he will be very happy to know that the SUCs here in the Cordillera region are doing research and development [R&D] to study ways to minimize the negative effects of climate change particularly in agriculture,” said DOST-CAR Director Victor Mariano.
He said researches that remain on shelves are useless. Thus the importance of the SAFE program is very obvious as it represents the results of R&D. This is the reason why the funding agency, DOST-PCAARRD, did not hesitate to provide P43 million in assistance to SUCs.
Carlito Laurean, vice president for research and extension of the Benguet State University and the program leader, presented the components of the SAFE Program. He explained how it will be implemented in the six provinces in CAR to get the most benefits for the farmers who are the most vulnerable and at risk from climate change.
The SAFE Program has six project components, including the one launched for Kalinga State University that focuses on the different conditions of the different provinces in CAR.
Six project components
Project 1 is about Disaster Risk Reduction Climate Change Impacts on Vegetable Farms in Abra. The project
will be implemented by the Abra State Institute of Science and Technology (ASIST). The project is headed by Vicente Ato and received a funding of P6.991 million.
Project 2 is about Disaster Risk Reduction Climate Change Impacts in Agricultural Farms in Apayao Province to be implemented by the Apayao State College. Reymalyn Aman heads the project that has a funding of P6.289 million.
Project 3, the Disaster Risk Reduction Climate Change Impacts on Vulnerable Terrace Farms in Benguet, is led by Carlito Laurean of the Benguet State University. It has a total funding of P10.299 million.
Project 4 deals with Disaster Risk Reduction Climate Change Impacts on Rice and Vegetable Farms in Ifugao and a funding of P6.109 million. It will be implemented by the Ifugao State University through Teresita Allig.
Project 5 is called Disaster Risk Reduction Climate Change Impacts on Vulnerable Coffee Farms in Kalinga to be implemented under the leadership of Robert Rodolfo of the Kalinga State University. Funding for the project is P6.312 million.
Lastly, Project 6 titled Disaster Risk Reduction Climate Change Impacts on Vulnerable Farms in Mountain Province will be implemented by the Mountain Province State Polytechnic College. The P7.097 million-project is led by Elmer Pakipac.