“Sustainability means leaving something for our children.”
This was stressed by Prof. Fredelino San Juan during an awareness campaign on global warming and disaster risk reduction conducted by the Western Mindanao Agriculture, Forestry and Resources Research and Development Consortium (WESMARRDEC) among Farmers’ Information and Technology Services (FITS) managers and specialists last April 19 at the WESMARRDEC One-Stop Information Shop, Western Mindanao State University (WMSU).
Prof. San Juan, Dean of the WMSU College of Forestry and Environmental Studies (CFES) gave an overview of what global warming is and underscored its negative impact on society.
The effects of global warming on the Philippine ecosystem, he said, include the sea level rise and flooding, threat on agriculture and food security, and water scarcity, among others.
In this light, Prof. Ardel Barre, CFES faculty member, underscored the imperative for the implementation of disaster risk management measures to mitigate the risks of global warming and climate change in the country.
He said disaster risk management involves techniques focused on preventing and minimizing the effects of disasters.
“We should also focus on measures designed to protect livelihoods and the assets of communities and individuals from the impact of these hazards,” he added. Among the measures he mentioned include mitigation, preparedness and advocacy.
An open forum ensued wherein the participants shed light on the issue of El Niño and climate change in their own locality, particularly in the Zamboanga Peninsula.
WESMARRDEC Consortium Director Dr. Emilie C. Enriquez in her opening remarks said the forum was aimed at creating awareness on global warming and disaster risk management among the FITS managers and other specialists who would be re-echoing this information in communities within their respective FITS centers.
WESMARRDEC is an agency which endeavors to have a productive and self-sustained Western Mindanao through the region’s Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources (AFNR) sector. Its programs include research and development, technology transfer, capability- building governance, and policy advocacy monitoring and evaluation. (Dion Jay E. Tality)