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Partnerships for more climate-resilient agriculture to be strengthened by CCC

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On Monday, the Climate Change Commission (CCC) committed to keep stepping up its collaboration with diverse sectors in order to assist the nation in implementing climate-resilient agricultural methods.

After meeting with the agricultural community in Barangay Rayuray in Batac town, Ilocos Norte province to share their views on environmental and climate-related problems in the area, CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director (VCED) Robert Borje delivered this statement.

The farmers discussed how the water scarcity impacted their agricultural productivity during the discussion and site tour.

“The supply of tubing in this area is dependent on the ulan. The water supply in this area is dependent on the weather; therefore, if it rains, the water supply will be paiba-iba rin depending on whether the tubing is malakas or mahina. Our crops are impacted by climate change because it affects when the water is strong or weak, according to Norberto Puyot, the barangay captain.

The town has grown increasingly dependent on groundwater extraction over time, which could potentially cause land subsidence.

For his part, Borje emphasized the significance of establishing alliances with other industries to increase support for agricultural projects.

In order to assist in developing more appropriate plans of action toward climate-resilient agriculture in the region, he further pledged that the CCC will continue to strengthen its collaboration with the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU), Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), and the local government of Ilocos Norte.

“Farmers like you are on the CCC’s mind. In order to matugunan ang mga pangangailangan ng ating mga magsasaka na lubos na naaapektuhan ng nagbabagong klima, kaya patuloy nating pinalalawig ang pakikipag-ugnayan sa local at probinsyal na pamahalaan, sa PhilRice, (The CCC is thinking of farmers like you. Dahil hindi lang po kabuhayan natin ang apektado -ang ating buhay at kinabukasan din ay nakataya. In order to satisfy the requirements of our farmers, who are significantly impacted by the changing climate, we therefore continue to foster our partnership with the local and provincial government, PhilRice, MMSU, even the People’s Survival Fund. Because our lives and futures are also in danger, in addition to our livelihoods, he continued.

“You can count on CCC to help our communities become more resilient to the challenges of a changing climate so that livelihoods can grow and every Filipino can have a bright future,” he continued. “Makakaasa po kayo na narito ang CCC upang matulungan ang ating mga pamayanan na maging mas matatag sa mga hamon ng nagbabagong klima upang luma

Several coordination mechanisms, including ACT Local (Accelerating Climate Action and Transformation for Local Communities), ENACT (Empowering Nurtured Alliance for Climate Action and Transformation), WE CAN (Working to Empower Climate Action Network), and CONNECT, were formally institutionalized by the CCC last year (Communicating Opportunities to Network, Navigate and Explore Climate Transformation).

In agreement with Borje, CCC Commissioner Rachel Anne Herrera emphasized how climate change not only alters weather patterns but also makes water scarcity worse.

Hinaharap natin ang problem sa pag init at kawalan ng tubig sa pagbabago ng klima at climate change; kung saan tayo ay mga biktima ng problemang hindi naman natin kasalanan (With climate change, we face the problem of heat or lack of water, where we are victims of a problem that is not our fault). The CCC is here and stands with you in the battle for climate justice, she assured our vulnerable communities.

A harvest calendar, drought-resistant crops, post-harvest marketing, information sharing, and knowledge and capacity development are just a few of the activities and programs that farmers have realized are necessary to undertake.

Ilocos Norte is predicted to have an increase in temperature and rainfall between 2036 and 2065, which will lead to drier dry days and wetter wet days, according to projections made by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration.

According to information from PhilRice, 63,909 hectares of land in the province of Ilocos Norte produced 330,749 metric tons of palay in 2022.

Climate-resilient agriculture is described by the World Bank as an integrated method of managing landscapes, including crops, livestock, forests, and fisheries, that addresses the interrelated issues of food security and climate change.

The Philippines is one of the most climate change susceptible nations in the world due to its geographic location and archipelagic structure.

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