DENR PhilCCAP: Good Practice Awards nominee

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DENR PhilCCAP: Good Practice Awards nominee

 

philcappThe Philippine Climate Change Adaptation Project (PhilCCAP) implemented by the DENR and other partner agencies was nominated to the Good Practice Awards (GPA) by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).

The DENR Central Office submitted PhilCCAP, a project that develops and demonstrates climate change adaptation approaches in the ENR and agricultural sectors, as an entry to the GPA – Category A: Strategies in Achieving Desired Outcomes. The project passed the preliminary screening and was subjected for field validation as the next step for assessment on Nov. 8-9, this year at the project sites in Peñablanca, Cagayan.

Cagayan Valley was selected for evaluation among the 3 implementing regions which include Regions 4 and 13 since all the project components were implemented in this region.

Senior Economic Development Specialist Rhya L. Daluddung and Economic Development Specialist I Ianah O. Olonan conducted group discussions with the project’s focal persons from the implementing agencies, interview with the beneficiaries, and site visits.

“We are here to know how effective, relevant and innovative PhilCCAP is. We will also assess if its strategies can be replicated to some other areas and projects,” said Daluddung while conducting interview with the farmer-beneficiaries of Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) in their learning center in Agugaddan, Peñablanca.

Protected Area Superintendent Tito M. Mangantulao presented the DENR’s implementation at the Peñablanca Protected Landscape and Seascape where the project sites are located. PASU Mangantulao said 77 beneficiaries from barangays Manga, Buyun and Nabbabalayan established agro-forestry farms that serve as an adaptation strategy in their community.

Representatives from the Department of Agriculture and its supporting sectors also discussed about their thrusts in partnering with farmers in the implementation of another PhilCCAP component. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, another lead partner-agency of the project, presented how their scientific information enables end-users make more rapid and accurate decisions for climate risk management.

After the validation, the DENR will present the project to the award’s screening committees for final interview and evaluation.

“We are very honored because once again, Region 2 has been nominated for an award through the PhilCCAP. Even just a nomination makes us already proud,” told Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Felix C. Taguba during the exit conference of the activity.

Both of the NEDA’s staff expressed their positive feedback and hopefulness that DENR will win the award. They said that with the impacts of climate change, the hardest hit are the farmers but the existence of PhilCCAP makes them adapt, become resilient, and thrive throughout the coming years.

“We are thankful to PhilCCAP because of the efforts it has done to uplift the Filipino people,” concluded Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin as he expressed his strong view of winning the award especially that the project was made possible through the convergence of efforts from different sectors.

The awarding ceremonies will be held in the first quarter of next year.#RCC