ATIN-AY, Agusan del Sur, Mar. 18 (PIA) – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) had implemented several orientations to different Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) as a support to the global awareness to climate change.
Just recently, an orientation on climate change was conducted at Kalahi Building, Bayugan 2, San Francisco, this province to almost 50 Filipinas Palm Oil Plantation Inc. Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (FPPI ARB MPC) and some non-ARBs but workers in the area.
Adaptation to climate change is a rapidly growing challenge, particularly for developing countries like the Philippines which is one of the global “hotspots” vulnerable to climate change impact given its geographic location and archipelagic character.
Accordingly, even if greenhouse gas emissions are reduced significantly in the coming years, climate change impacts such as gradual temporal and spatial shifts in resources, as well as drought, floods, severe weather events and sea level rise are likely to result in food shortages, diseases, infrastructure damage, and the degradation of natural resources. The less fortunate persons will be affected and development choices today will influence the adaptive capacity of people and the government as well in the future.
The department in its little way continuously give orientations to ensure that the farmers will be able to adapt and take action and plans against adverse climate impacts which might hinder sustainable development in the countryside. (JPG/Josette Simbajon and Randy Dapar, DAR-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)