By BSU UPAO - Posted on 06 November 2017

The six State Universities and Colleges in the Cordillera Administrative Region is now implementing the techno-transfer project on Disaster Risk Reduction on Climate Change Impacts on Agricultural Farms in the CAR under the Science and Technology Action Frontline for Emergencies (SAFE) program after its launching in Kalinga State University on October 9, 2017.

The launching was followed by an inception meeting where the partner institutions deliberated on the activities and expected outputs of the project.

The CAR SUCs composed of Benguet State University (BSU), Ifugao State University (IFSU), Kalinga State University (KSU), Mountain Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC), Abra State Institute of Science and Technology (ASIST) and Apayao State College (ASC) will be implementing the project for 2 years.

The Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) funded the project with the total amount of P43.099M.

In addressing the climate change impacts, the SUCs have identified agricultural areas to conduct their technology transfer projects. BSU will conduct disaster risk reduction on climate change impacts on vulnerable terrace farms in Benguet with a budget of P10.29M; IFSU on rice and vegetable farms in Ifugao with P6.10M budget; KSU on vulnerable coffee farms in Kalinga with P6.31M budget; ASIST on vegetable farms in Abra with a budget of P6.99M; MPSPC on vulnerable farms in Mountain Province with a budget of P7.09M; and ASC on agricultural farms in Apayao with P6.28M budget. Each SUC have also allocated counterpart for the project which totals to P10.68M.

Dr. Carlito P. Laurean, BSU Vice President for Research and Extension and the Program Leader, said that the project generally aims to capacitate farmers, barangay and municipal officials on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation and mitigation through Science and Technology interventions in the communities and in the various farms in the region.

The Memorandums of Agreement which served as basis for the release of the project funds for the techno-transfer project under the SAFE program was signed on September 15, 2017 by the respective Presidents and Project Leaders of the 6 CAR SUCs.//ADSantiago