Mon, 27 May 2019

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte (PIA)--The provincial government of Davao del Norte is poised to mine a wealth of resources for climate change adaptation thru the memorandum of understanding (MOU) that it has signed with the University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB).

During the recent signing ceremony, professor Rex Victor O. Cruz of UPLB College of Forestry and Natural Resources said the MOU would make the provincial government of Davao del Norte eligible to access assistance for implementation of plans and projects related to climate change adaptation.

"It will be easier to access the green survival funds," Dr. Cruz told Provincial Governor Anthony G. del Rosario during the signing of the Community-based Climate Change Adaptation for Saug Watershed MOU held at the Provincial Cooperative Union (PCU) in Tagum City.

Dr. Cruz was referring to the People Survial Fund (PSF) mandated thru RA 10174 or the "Act Establishing the People's Survival Fund to Provide Long-term Finance Streams to Enable the Government to Effectively Address the Problem of Climate Change..."

The Fund reportedly has an annual minimum budget allocation of P1 billion in the national budget appropriated through the Climate Change Commission.

Authorized by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Del Rosario entered into the MOU on November 6, 2018 with UPLB to carry out a project officially called the "Community-based Adaptation: Enhancing Climate Change Resilience of Communities and Ecosystems thru Participatory Watershed Management."

The project covers the barangays of Datubalong in San Isidro, Poblacion in New Corella, and Pagsabangan in Tagum City as pilot areas.

Expressing gratitude for UPLB, Del Rosario was optimistic that humans can live in harmony with their environment .

"I always believe that the environment plays a very important role in so far as sustainable development is concerned; and that there is no reason why humans and environment cannot live together in harmony," he said. "We just have to balance all aspects as far as environment is concerned."

The MOU between PLGU and UPLB was signed in the presence of Romulo Tagalo, head of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office ; regional officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and local environment officers of the municipalities that the UPLB project covers. (PIA XI)

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