The Philippines Climate Change Adaptation Project (PhilCCAP) launched its knowledge products on March 1, 2016 at a ceremony in the Grand Ballroom of the Century Park Hotel, Manila.

philccap kp day ribbon cuttingASec Rommel Abesamis and PhilCCAP Program Manager Wilbur Dee officiate a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the PhilCCAP knowledge products galleryDubbed as the “PhilCCAP Products Launching Day,” the event showcased products aimed at vastly improving the country’s ability to adapt to the effects of climate change.

It brought together policymakers, researchers, technical experts, academicians, advocates, and key officials of the DENR, DA, CCC, and DOST in the hope to discuss and create future actions of scaling up the project’s gains to a national level.

Among those knowledge products launched were the Community of Practice (CoP) online knowledge management system, manuals on the retrofitting of irrigation systems and on climate-smart farming, a feasibility study on the weather index-based crop insurance scheme, a climate smart, web-based and SMS advisory system for rice and corn farmers, a report on climate scenarios, and updated management plans for protected areas.

The CoP is intended to become the government’s official repository of all climate-related information and practices, from forecasts to general research. Launched by the Climate Change Commission, it is envisioned to facilitate dialogues on climate change.

Developed by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), the manuals on redesigning and retrofitting of river irrigation systems and climate-smart farming contain improved operational guidelines learned from innovative works it implemented previously in two irrigation systems in Cagayan and Iloilo. One foreseen benefit of retrofitted irrigation system is improved water distribution mechanism, thus reducing the effects of seasonal climate change to water supply.

The Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) and the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) showcased an enhanced climate-smart farming manual based on a compilation of lessons derived from the practical courses on climate change taught to the project’s farmer-beneficiaries.

The Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) launched its products and interim report on the weather index-based crop insurance. The insurance products make use of a weather index, particularly rainfall, as a basis for payouts. This ensures the rapid delivery of funds to rice and corn farmers in the pilot areas affected by abnormal rainfall, regardless of the actual damages sustained.

philccap kp day officials onstageFrom L-R: Usec. Atty. Jonas Leones, PhilCCAP Program Manager Wilbur Dee, Asec. Rommel Abesamis, Dir. Edwin Domingo, BSWM Dir. Dr. Silvino Tejada, PAGASA Deputy Administrator FlavianaHilario, Usec. Manuel Gerochi, CCC Sec. Emmanuel M. de Guzman, PhilCCAP World Bank Task Team Leader Leonardo PaatAnother product featured during the event was the Climate-Smart Decision Support Tool (CS-DSS). Developed in close collaboration with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), it is a web and mobile phone-based application that integrates climate information into crop management practices. The tool also provides recommendations to enhance the ability of rice and corn farmers in the pilot sites to adapt to climate variations and consequently increase their yield.

The DENR, for its part, updated the management plans of the two protected areas of Peñablanca Protected Landscape and Seascape in Cagayan and Siargao Island Protected Landscape and Seascape in Surigao del Norte. The improved plans take into account climate change adaptation measures and a monitoring and evaluation system that empowers the protected areas’ respective management bodies.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the state weather bureau, released its Climate Change Report, which includes long-term rainfall and temperature forecasts and climate scenarios. Information derived from PAGASA’s forecasting activities was also used in the project’s other activities, such as the agricultural extension program. #

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