THE Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Cebu recently conducted a climate change resiliency farmers’ forum with a theme, “Empowering Small Holder Farmers toward Climate Resiliency.”
About 50 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) from the different agrarian reform communities in Cebu attended the forum held at the Dohera Hotel, Mandaue City on Nov. 16 and 17.
Antonio A. del Socorro, assistant regional director concurrent provincial agrarian reform program officer (PARPO) II of DAR Cebu, said that the activity was part of the awareness campaign for the ARBs on climate change, and to integrate issues of climate and disaster risk.
Emma E. Melana, regional technical director of Ecosystems Research Development Services of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources 7 discussed her topics on understanding climate change, its causes, impacts, integration and adaptation.
Also in the forum were Roberto Bajenting, Cebu Coalition for Food Security (CCFS) chairman, who provided an input on resilient sustainable development, and Rey Ramos of CCFS, who facilitated the workshop on determining the level of awareness and adaptation to climate change.
Varinia Fabillar, chief of the Beneficiaries Development and Coordinating Division of DAR Cebu, also took charge of the action planning for integration to the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organization’s Operational Plan on building resilience and ensures sustainable development.