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Philippines

By William Dar

On June 15, I delivered a speech during the one-day “Conference on The Effects of Climate Change on Food and Water Sustainability: Challenges and Prospects” held at the Manila Elks Club in Makati City.

I discussed why the Philippines is not “water secure” and how to address the issue of water availability for the agriculture sector in the face of climate change.

Read more: Climate change and water security

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HAZARD MAPS. Visayas State University president Edgardo Tulin (in white) leads the turnover of flood and resource maps to officials of disaster-prone towns in Eastern Visayas. Photo by Aliana Gene Sarmiento/VSU Web Team

LEYTE, Philippines — Every year, more than 20 typhoons visit the country, making our communities susceptible to hazards like flooding. Beyond the damage this poses to the country's agricultural resources, it also makes lives at risk due to these hazards.

With this challenge in mind, a research team from the Visayas State University (VSU) in Baybay City, Leyte produced hazard and resource maps for about 40 municipalities and cities from the provinces of Leyte, Southern Leyte, Samar, Eastern Samar, and Northern Samar.

The Philippine Light Detection and Ranging (Phil-LiDAR) research project started in 2014, initiated by the University of the Philippines Diliman’s Disaster Risk and Exposure Assessment for Mitigation (DREAM) Program.

The program, funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), rolled out nationwide by partnering with higher education institutions in different regions as partners.

VSU led the implementation for Eastern Visayas.

Read more: VSU turns over flood hazard, resource maps to Eastern Visayas towns

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Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija ― Over 70 farmer-members of the Bantug Primary Multi-Purpose Cooperative (PMPC) learned about the best practices in climate change adaptation and nutrient management in rice production in a farmers’ field day, May 5.

Organized by Korea Program on International Agriculture (KOPIA) Center Philippines and PhilRice, the activity aims to help farmers manage climate change-related risks and maximize their yield through the use of different technologies.

Dr. Jasper G. Tallada of PhilRice’s Climate Change (CC) Program said that climate change largely impacts rice production.

Read more: Farmers’ coop learns climate-smart technologies

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