Water, food security, et al topics at Climate Change Nat’l Confab PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 31 January 2016 14:45

Water and food security as a result of climate change-related hazards will be one of the topics to be discussed during the“National Conference on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management: The Role of Research in Changing Times,”set on February 3 and 4, 2016 at the Garden Orchid Hotelin Asia’s Latin City, Zamboanga.

The conference, which will converge research think tanks,academicians, local government unit officials, and non-government organization workers from all over the country, willserve as the venue forthe sharing of research findings and best practices in disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and rehabilitation, and in managing hazards brought about by climate change.

“It can no longer be denied. We are experiencing drastic environmental changes today – from extreme flash floods to critical water supply level that has lead the local government to put our city under a state of calamity,” says Director Teresita G. Montano, Director of conference host Ateneo Research Center (ARC) of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University (AdZU). “That is why it is important for us to address these impeding issues and act on them,” she added.

Dr. Enrico C. Paringit, Program Leader of the University of the Philippines’ Disaster Risk and Exposure Assessment for Mitigation (DREAM) Program,conference keynote speaker, will discusshis study on river basins in the country and how the data gathered couldhelp send out early warnings of impending flood hazards.

Other plenary speakers include, from government institutions: Dir. Romeo F. Fajardo, Civil Defense Deputy Administrator;  Dr. Oscar Victor Lizardo, Chief Science Research Specialist,Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (Project-NOAH); and Engr. Sarah Jane D. Samalburo, Chief Science Research Specialist on Data Processing of DREAM Program, PHIL LIDAR 1-DOST.

From the academe: Dr. Rosa Perez of the Manila Observatory inAteneo de Manila University, will speak on climate change-related hazards and their implications on water and food security; EngrGuadaCalalang of Xavier University, an expert on Soil Reference System for Food Security;Engr. Dexter Lo who will relatethe DRRM Experience of Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro City;and from local government, DrElmeir E Apolinario who will share Zamboanga City’s challenges and response to disaster.

This national event is organized by AdZU’sAteneo Research Center, in coordination with the local government of Zamboanga City, and the Region IX offices of the Department of Science and Technology, Department of Civil Defense, Department of Tourism, and the Commission on Higher Education, which also endorsed the conference together with the Department of Education-IX & City Division Office and the Department of Interior of Local Government-IX.