ICCEM, CLSU conducted DAR Training for Central Luzon Farmers

     Seminar on Climate Change and Environmental Management for Department of Agrarian Reform-Region 3 Farmer Beneficiaries was conducted by ICCEM, CLSU in three (3) batches: November 8-10, 2017, November 15-17, 2017 and December 6-8, 2017. A total of 127 participants who are farmers, fisherfolks, officers of cooperatives and DAR employees coming from the provinces of Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales, Bataan and Aurora attended the seminar.

     Objectives of the said seminar are to raise the level of awareness and knowledge of the participants regarding salient environmental problems affecting their livelihood and to equip them how to make action plans to address those problems. The first two days involve lectures on basic ecology, climate change impacts on agriculture, forest, marine water, freshwater and urban and their adaptation strategies, sustainable agriculture, pollution and solid waste management, green productivity, relevant environmental laws, biodiversity conservation, phytoremediation and enviropreneurship. Resource speakers include Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto, Dr. Gella Patria L. Abella, Dr. Ronaldo T. Alberto, Ms. Johanna J. de Dios and Ms. Roann P. Alberto.

     Day 3 engages participants in study tour at Biodiveristy and Agrobiodiversity Museums, RIC Learning Center, Small Ruminant Center and Philippine Carabao Center. Planning workshop was also conducted, wherein every cooperative was tasked to come up with an action plan to solve the problems that they encounter in their respective area. Action plans were then presented to the body for comments and recommendations of Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto.

Batch 1 participants formulating their action plans
Batch 1 participants formulating their action plans

     Among the environmental issues and problems identified by the participants were illegal logging, water insufficiency for agricultural activities, use of chemical in farming, pest infestation, burning of agricultural wastes, coral reef destruction, low fish harvest, water pollution, and others. To address these, participants identified activities such as reforestation, organic farming, application of integrated pest management, establishment of sustainable fish sanctuary, practice of the 3R’s, and strict implementation of existing environmental laws.

~Gella Patria L. Abella