Source: The Manila Times18 May 2018Los Baños, Laguna: The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) through its School and Home Gardens Project (SHGP) has successfully changed the perception that school gardens could do little to help secure the food needs of a locality.
Having observed the success of its SHGP in the Philippines and the...Read more
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), which manages the ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) Strategic Response Fund [ASRF], will host the Donors Forum on Mobilizing Resources for Social Forestry in ASEAN to be held at The Manila Peninsula Hotel, Makati City, Philippines on 24 May 2018. The ASRF, under the ASEAN-Swiss...Read more
Source: Claire Delfin Media17 May 2018The academic think tank SEARCA has pushed for the integration of agricultural tourism into Boracay in light of ideas on land reform and "experience economy" that must be beneficial for tourists, indigenous people (IP), and natural resources.
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"Mangroves and Climate Change: Prospects and Challenges in Blue Carbon Governance in the Philippines" by Dr. Dixon T. Gevaña, UPLB Centennial Professorial Chair Awardee and Assistant Professor, Department of Social Forestry and Forest Governance, College of Forestry and Natural Resources, UP Los Baños
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LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA, PHILIPPINES. Agriculture will continue to play a key role in driving overall development in Southeast Asia (SEA) and developing the competencies of agricultural workers is essential towards raising its productivity was the common thread that ran through the various messages in the opening program of the Regional Workshop on Competency Certification for Agriculture...Read more
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NAGTULUNGAN ang Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) at ang Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), upang palakasin ang mga magsasaka at iba pang nagtatrabaho sa agrikultura sa pamamagitan ng mga pagsasanay sa pagpapaunlad ng kakayahan at galing sa pagsasaka.
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Source: Manila Bulletin12 May 2018To strengthen and promote competency certification systems for farmers and agricultural workers in Southeast Asia, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has recently joined forces with the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), formulating recommendations for the recognition of...Read more
Source: The Manila Times11 May 2018IN a move to raise farm productivity in Southeast Asia, the Philippine-hosted Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) convened on Thursday and today nine countries to push competency certification for agricultural workers in the region.
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SEARCA’s ADSS tackles Laguna’s vulnerability to climate change
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – The Province of Laguna in the Philippines, though it has a relatively low exposure to climate change threats, continues to become highly vulnerable because of its low capacity to adapt to typhoons and floods, a recent study shows.
This study, conducted by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), under the auspices of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada, started in May 2011 and will be completed in December 2013. It is part of a multi-country project titled “Building Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change in Southeast Asia” which aims to capacitate three Southeast Asian countries—Cambodia, Philippines, and Vietnam—in research, planning, and action with regard to climate change adaptation.
One component of the study, led by Engr. Vicente G. Ballaran, Jr., an assistant professor at the College of Engineering and Agro-Industrial Technology of UPLB, aims at building local capacity to adapt to climate change, especially in vulnerability assessment and adaptation analysis, as a means to address the issues regarding the negative impacts of extreme climate events.
Twelve municipalities and a total of 274 barangays in the province of Laguna were studied to create vulnerability maps. These municipalities include Bay, Calauan, Liliw, Los Baños, Magdalena, Majayjay, Nagcarlan, Pagsanjan, Pila, Rizal, Sta. Cruz, and Victoria. As an output, Engr. Ballaran and his team were able to produce maps of each community’s relative vulnerability to climate change.
The study looked at three factors: exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity of each municipality under study. The results showed that among the topographic classifications, coastal and lowland areas were the most exposed areas to climatic hazards like typhoons and floods. Likewise, coastal areas were the most vulnerable in terms of sensitivity or the degree to which the community is affected by climate change stressors.
Moreover, the study considered infrastructure, economic, technological, social, and human factors to reflect the municipalities’ adaptive capacity. Results showed that Magdalena, Calauan, and Majayjay were the most vulnerable municipalities because of the communities’ low ability to adjust their practices and behavior to reduce the impacts of climate change. On the other hand, Los Baños, Pagsanjan, and Victoria had the highest adaptive capacity among the municipalities under study.
Engr. Ballaran noted that identifying the vulnerable areas in Laguna is relevant to avoid extreme climatic events that may lead to devastation of livelihood means, wreckage of houses, buildings, and other structures, destruction of natural resources and biodiversity, and death among affected populations. He further emphasized that all these negative impacts translate to huge economic losses that could be detrimental to food security.
The results of this study are expected to help the local government units (LGUs) in Laguna to identify and prioritize appropriate adaptation projects to increase each municipality’s adaptive capacity, and therefore, reduce the impacts of climate change.
Engr. Ballaran’s presentation of his study titled “Climate Change Vulnerability Mapping of Selected Municipalities in Laguna, Philippines” was part of the Agriculture and Development Seminar Series (ADSS) of SEARCA. The seminar was held at the SEARCA Drilon Hall on 13 August 2013. (Mark Vincent P. Aranas)