A seminar sought to foster the knowledge of farmers on environmental management to reduce climate change impacts was organized by National Irrigation Administration Casecnan Multipurpose Irrigation and Power Project Irrigation Component – Phase II, through the initiative of Mr. Alexander Coloma, Project Manager. Held on April 4 and April 11, 2018 at NIA CLSU Compound, the said activity was attended by officers and leaders of the Farmer Irrigator’s Associations (FIAs) specifically BACUNA, ANAMCU, BAGONG ANYO NAMCU, 4BC2, MMK and V8CN1. The participants came from the Municipalities of Nampicuan, Cuyapo and Talugtug.
Resource speakers included Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto, Dr. Gella Patria Abella and Ms. Shirly Serrano. Dr. Paz-Alberto, Director of ICCEM, discussed the Basic Concepts of Ecology and the Philippine Ecosystem, Impacts of Climate Change on Agriculture, Environmental Management and Biodiversity Conservation. The Science on Climate Change and its Impacts on Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems and Relevant Environmental Policies were presented by Dr. Abella. Ms. Serrano explained the Principles of Sustainable Development and facilitated the Action Planning Workshop.
Problems identified by the farmers were pest infestations (ulmog and black bugs), limited water supply and management of agricultural wastes. With these, they proposed to have a synchronized planting and composting.
~Gella Patria L. Abella