2014 climate change forums educate thousands in Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 09 January 2015 11:38

In line with the government’s advocacy for more climate change-resilient communities, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) here has conducted a total of 31 forums on climate change and disaster preparedness, educating an approximated 5,000 residents for 2014.

The forums, which brought PIA to far-flung communities, schools, and other places in the locality, aimed to provide the residents with information regarding the effects of climate change, localizing said information, and called for more community involvement in planning for adaptation and mitigation.

Dave Malcampo, PIA-Zamboanga City Information Center Manager, stressed the need for all sectors to be educated on climate change. “Nobody is exempted. When typhoons and other calamities come, everyone is affected. Everyone should be prepared,” he emphasized.

In September last year, a trainers’ training on climate change adaptation advocacy was held in Zamboanga, with participants coming from different government and non-government agencies including the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Education, Silsilah Dialogue Movement, Zabida and others. The training, through a PIA-produced video documentary and lectures gave the participants information on how to effectively disseminate information on climate change and disaster preparedness to their communities and clients.

As of December last year, several sectors were covered for the forums to include students, parent leaders, teachers, social workers, uniformed personnel, government and non-government workers, barangay officials and residents, and even jail inmates.

Part of the advocacy during the forums is to call for more participatory planning in the community level for disaster preparedness. “Residents should work with the barangay officials and be responsible enough in planning for disasters,” Malcampo stressed. The talks during these forums highlighted the availability of disaster risk reduction management funds, which are to be utilized for both preparedness activities and actual calamities.

“Every family should have a disaster plan, and everyone’s role – the children and the parents’ should be made clear,” he added.

“We are hoping that you would trickle down what you have learned to your families, friends and relatives. We can be safer if everyone is cooperating,” Malcampo told the participants.