Issue of October 15, 2017
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DOST launches project SAFE with 6 Cordillera universities
by PIA

TABUK CITY, Kalinga – The Department of Science and Technology launched the Science and Technology Action Frontline for Emergencies  (SAFE) and Hazards in the Aquatic and Natural Resources Sector or SAFE program partnering with state universities and colleges in the Cordillera.

A total of P43 million was awarded to three universities and three colleges for projects aimed to capacitate farmers, barangay and municipal officials on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation and mitigation through science and technology interventions in the farms and communities in the region.

Abra State Institute of Science and Technology (ASIST) received P6.9M; Apayao State College got P6.3M; Benguet State University was awarded P10.3M; Ifugao State University – P6.1M; Kalinga State University – P6.3M; and Mountain Province State Polytechnic College – P7M. Partner SUCs provided P10.6M counterpart fund.

Other partner agencies are the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development; and the Highland Agriculture, Aquatic and Resources Research and Development Consortium.

The project of ASIST is on disaster risk reduction of climate change on vulnerable vegetables in Abra; ASC on disaster risk reduction of climate change on vulnerable agricultural farms in Apayao; BSU on disaster risk reduction of climate change on vulnerable terrace farms in Benguet; ISU on disaster risk reduction of climate change on vulnerable rice and vegetable farms in Ifugao; KSU on disaster risk reduction of climate change on vulnerable coffee farms in Kalinga; and MPSPC on disaster risk reduction of climate change on vulnerable farms in Mountain Province.

Twelve municipalities in the Cordillera are covered by the program, namely Lagangilang and Licuan Baay in Abra; Luna and Kabugao in Apayao; Kibungan and Tublay in Benguet; Kiangan and Lamut in Ifugao; Tabuk and Tinglayan in Kalinga, and Bauko and Sadanga in Mountain Province.

DOST-CAR Director Victor Mariano said another P43M is being worked out for the establishment of laboratory facilities and for continuing research.

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