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The Federation of Free Farmers (FFF) supports the planned transfer of the National Irrigation Authority (NIA) from the Office of the President (OP) to the Department of Agriculture (DA).

“It is very clear and logical that the NIA should fall under the DA as all of its activities are directly geared towards food, especially rice production through the provision of irrigation services. The agency’s investment priorities and program strategies need to be closely aligned and synchronized with the plans and goals of the DA, ”said Raul Montemayor, National Manager of the Federation of Free Farmers.

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As recently as this week, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and the Department of Finance (DoF) officially expressed their support for Agriculture Secretary William Dar’s proposal that the DA regain responsibility for NIA.

The FFF said the role of the NIA has increased in importance due to the urgent need to improve rice farmers’ productivity and profitability after the Rice Tariff Act went into effect.

It added that the design and allocation of irrigation systems must be in line with the DA’s intention to promote diversified agriculture instead of monocultures, while addressing risks from droughts, typhoons and other disasters that are expected to exacerbate due to climate change .

The FFF also warned the government against seemingly ill-conceived and inconvenient transfers of DA agencies to other departments. He also stressed the need to fully consult the relevant stakeholders before making such transfers.

For a time, the NIA was subordinate to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). During the Aquino administration, important DA authorities such as the National Food Authority (NFA), the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA) and the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) were removed from DA supervision along with the NIA.

The DoF recently took over jurisdiction over the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC), an agency that has been under the DA since 2002.

In a statement, Treasury Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said he believes that by making the NIA an affiliate of the DA, both agencies can better fulfill their respective mandates and achieve better results for their mutual benefit – Filipino farmers.

For his part, Karl Kendrick Chua, Minister of Socio-Economic Planning, said that the transfer of the NIA to the DA is consistent with the priority strategy set out in Chapter 8 of the updated Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022, in particular to strengthen the coordination of government agencies to complement the plans to ensure. Programs and projects for the development of the agricultural sector.

“NEDA agrees with the DA’s merits in ensuring greater and better complementarity to agricultural sector development interventions and activities,” continued Chua.

In 2016, Agriculture Minister Emmanuel Piñol proposed to transfer the NIA back to the DA, but his proposal fell on deaf ears amid a rift between him and the country’s Dominguez-led economic managers.


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PHL has access to 380 million UN funds to prepare for typhoons https://gosic.org/phl-has-access-to-380-million-un-funds-to-prepare-for-typhoons/ https://gosic.org/phl-has-access-to-380-million-un-funds-to-prepare-for-typhoons/#respond Thu, 07 Oct 2021 13:39:43 +0000 https://gosic.org/phl-has-access-to-380-million-un-funds-to-prepare-for-typhoons/

THE Philippines will be able to draw 380 million pesos from the United Nations Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) mechanism to prepare for the upcoming typhoon season.

Gustavo Gonzalez, resident and humanitarian coordinator for the United Nations (UN) in the Philippines, said Thursday that the funds will be made available as part of an innovative pilot test for predictive action.

With the two-year funding from UNCERF, the predictive interventions of the pilot project are carried out by organizations, while the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) takes on overall coordination.

“The framework aims to support 270,500 most vulnerable people in 44 municipalities in regions 5 [Bicol] and 8 [Eastern Visayas] three days before a category 4 or 5 typhoon hits land, ”the UN said in a statement on Thursday.

The announcement of support came at a high-level meeting co-chaired by Gonzalez and Defense Minister Delfin Lorenzana, who is also chair of the National Council on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management.

In a collaborative dialogue, ways were explored how a forward-looking approach can address the challenges of the climate crisis.

Lorenzana noted that the government “is keen to further explore how to contextualize the pilot and ensure that it strengthens the local government units that are our first line of defense”.

The Philippines chief of defense also said the “current focus is a good start to eventually roll out the pilot to other areas.”

“This work would not be possible without international collaboration, and I welcome the resource partners and recognize their commitment, both globally and nationally, to advancing humanitarian aid, disaster risk reduction and the fight against climate change,” said Gonzalez.

“The UK, Germany, the EU and Canada are major contributors to the CERF, and these resource partners, along with the World Bank, are also trailblazing supporters of predictive action,” he added.

The UN agencies participating in the pilot in the Philippines include the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

A number of forward-looking pilots are supported by CERF around the world as there is compelling evidence that acting before the disaster strikes cuts costs and saves lives.

The United Nations said acting ahead of disasters lowers the cost of humanitarian aid, preserves human dignity and enables faster recovery by protecting hard-won development achievements that have already been made.

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UN Announces P380-M Funding for PH Foresight Pilot Trial https://gosic.org/un-announces-p380-m-funding-for-ph-foresight-pilot-trial/ https://gosic.org/un-announces-p380-m-funding-for-ph-foresight-pilot-trial/#respond Thu, 07 Oct 2021 05:13:00 +0000 https://gosic.org/un-announces-p380-m-funding-for-ph-foresight-pilot-trial/

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MANILA – The United Nations on Thursday announced a contribution of over PHP 380 million to fund the typhoon preventive pilot test in the Philippines.

The announcement was made by UN resident and humanitarian coordinator in the Philippines, Gustavo Gonzalez, during a high-level meeting co-chaired by the Minister of Defense and Chair of the National Council for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Delfin Lorenzana.

The pilot’s framework is designed to assist 270,500 most vulnerable people in 44 communities across the Bicol region and the Eastern Visayas three days before a category four or five typhoon hits land.

With two-year funding from the United Nations Central Emergency Fund (CERF) mechanism, the pilot’s predictive interventions are carried out by various UN agencies, while the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) takes on overall coordination.

“This work would not be possible without international collaboration, and I applaud the resource partners and recognize their commitment, both globally and nationally, to advancing humanitarian aid, disaster risk reduction and the fight against climate change,” said Gonzalez.

“The UK, Germany, the European Union and Canada are major contributors to the CERF, and these resource partners, along with the World Bank, are also leading the way in proactive measures,” he added.

READ: PH supports UN forecast against Typhoons: Locsin

Lorenzana said the Philippine government is “inspired to embark on this joint proactive action program” and is keen to further explore how to contextualize the pilot and ensure that it empowers local government units.

The UN is launching a series of forward-looking pilot projects this year, including in Burkina Faso and Niger due to drought; Nepal and South Sudan due to floods; and Madagascar because of the plague.

According to the UN, there is “convincing evidence” that taking action before the disaster “lowers the cost of humanitarian aid, preserves human dignity and enables faster recovery by protecting hard-earned development achievements”. (PNA)

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Editorial: Flood and Cebu City https://gosic.org/editorial-flood-and-cebu-city/ https://gosic.org/editorial-flood-and-cebu-city/#respond Wed, 06 Oct 2021 15:49:00 +0000 https://gosic.org/editorial-flood-and-cebu-city/

EVEN BEFORE the pandemic, heavy rainfall flooding was common in most urban parts of Metro Cebu, especially downtown Cebu City, and these were the usual scenes: individuals wading through cloudy floods; small vehicles stranded in the middle of the road after an engine failure causing traffic; Residents secure televisions, refrigerators, and other essential gadgets from their homes flooded by a nearby river; smiling street kids playing and swimming in a flood pool, a demonstration of innocence about their world that could become a super monster in the future.

Rain is a welcome respite after days of heat and dust. But when it becomes incessant, the romantic story turns into a horror story.

Cebu City’s urban barangays in Cebu City near the Kinalumsan River went through hell when the river swelled last Friday, October 1, 2021. Poor residents who lived near the river had to secure their belongings. Others stayed on the rooftops and watched the rage of the river. Flood protection projects seemed pointless.

Disasters are like Greek gods unleashing their wrath and brute force.

Deadly typhoons and increasingly unpredictable weather are part of climate change that has never stopped. The Covid-19 pandemic stopped factories, coal-fired power plants, and other industries emitting air pollutants as it raged in the first half of 2020, partially clearing the air of megalopolises like New Delhi in India and industrial cities in China in Asia. in Germany and other major cities in Europe, USA and America. But it was only temporary, the fear of air pollution returned as the world economy slowly re-emerged.

The planet and human existence are fragile in the face of climate change. On October 31st-Nov. On February 12th, 2021, the United Kingdom will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (UK COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland. UK COP26 states on its website that the “Summit will bring the parties together to accelerate action to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Paris Agreement is a groundbreaking international agreement adopted in 2015 by almost every country in the world, including the Philippines, to combat climate change. It includes commitments from all major emission countries to reduce their climate pollution and to strengthen these commitments over time. “

“In order to ‘significantly reduce the risks and effects of climate change’, the agreement calls for the global average temperature increase to be limited to well below 2 degrees Celsius in this century and, at the same time, efforts to be made to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees. It also calls on countries to work to ensure that global greenhouse gas emissions are reduced as quickly as possible and become greenhouse gas neutral in the second half of this century, ”said the report by the US environmental organization Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

The NRDC report goes on to say: “In order to achieve the original goals of the Paris Agreement, 186 countries – responsible for more than 90 percent of global emissions – submitted CO2 reduction targets before the Paris conference, which were classified as“ Intended nationally determined contributions ”are known. These goals outlined each country’s commitments to curb emissions (including by maintaining carbon sinks) by 2025 or 2030, including macroeconomic targets to reduce CO2. “

Some of these countries are the United States, China, India, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, South Korea, and European Union countries.

According to the Declaration published by UK COP26, the “obligation to aim for 1.5 degrees is important because any fraction of a degree of warming leads to the tragedy of many more deaths and livelihoods”.

“Despite the opportunities, we are not acting fast enough. In order to avert this (climate) crisis, the countries urgently need to join forces, ”it said.

Last Tuesday, October 5th, just a few weeks before the UK’s COP26, the Swedish Academy awarded three scientists – Syukuro Manabe, Klaus Hasselmann and Giorgio Parisi – the Nobel Prize in Physics for their “work that found order in seeming disorder and for explanation contributed “. and predict complex forces of nature, including expanding our understanding of climate change, ”reported the Associated Press.

“It is very urgent that we make very strong decisions and move at a very fast pace” to combat global warming, said Parisi.

Climate change is an existential threat to Cebu and the whole world. The heated planet has made typhoons more violent and unpredictable.

Cebu City and the rest of Cebu could experience more deadly weather disruption and flooding could be more merciless if global temperature continues to rise. The planet’s survival depends on how quickly world leaders can address the climate crisis.

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Government Resilience | Requester’s opinion https://gosic.org/government-resilience-requesters-opinion/ https://gosic.org/government-resilience-requesters-opinion/#respond Tue, 05 Oct 2021 20:06:00 +0000 https://gosic.org/government-resilience-requesters-opinion/

I haven’t liked the word “resilience” for years as it is often used in a patronizing way by the rich and powerful and the government: “Oh, look at the Filipinos who always smile in the worst of situations.” , especially foreign groups, have also played this tune, complete with photos, the favorites being the smiling Filipinos standing deep in the waters.

Undoubtedly, Filipinos have a resilience that we had to develop as we are one of the most disaster prone countries in the world, with earthquakes, typhoons and floods, volcanic eruptions, not to mention mass violence and disease outbreaks, the COVID-19 pandemic is the latest.

But the mantra “We Filipinos are so resilient” eventually obscures the harsh reality that people suffer badly from those smiles, people break down and are haunted by depression and anxiety. I see it in all age groups, from the very young to the elderly, in the country and in the city, and in all genders.

If I agree to give lectures on resilience – I had four such invitations in the last month – I use this angle: Resilience is not innate, and resilience must be constantly developed and strengthened. I am referring to Br. Horacio de la Costa’s article on Filipinos dealing with the destruction left by World War II: Music and Faith, but explaining that there is much more. Our arsenal for resilience includes humor and food and socializing. I suggest expanding the strategies to include more exercise and walking. I am also referring to positive psychology and its emphasis on reflecting on our blessings and other various mindfulness programs.

There is no shortage of tools to help mitigate the negative effects of trauma and tragedy, but I also know that there are so many obstacles. There is crunching poverty: Sure, I tell my mindfulness friends, but let’s not forget that yoga is not a very practical option for people with 14 square meters of living space who share with several people.

Another tough reality check last week on resilience to the rampant pandemic: an article entitled “Why the Philippines Became the Worst Place for Covid,” based on the Philippines’ results in a Bloomberg COVID resilience ranking in which we came into play last among 53 countries.

Bloomberg succinctly describes it as the country facing a “perfect storm” grappling with Delta despite “operating with an inadequate testing regime and seeing disruption to its economy and people’s livelihoods.”

Filipinos are only doing too well with the never-ending lockdowns, poorly camouflaged by new abbreviations and names (most recently: alert levels). The government blames the reluctance to vaccinate, but in many parts of the country where people want the vaccines, supplies just don’t arrive.

As for testing, the “test, test, test” calls (borrowed from the World Health Organization calls) fall on deaf ears. We just can’t pull ourselves together. The tests are still inadequate and still focus on those who are already sick.

Responding to one of my columns on testing issues, Filipino nurse Michael Lagunzad noted that in the UAE, where it is currently used, RT-PCR swab tests cost the equivalent of P690 each. Why, he asks, are the tests so expensive in the Philippines?

Overseas Filipino workers have cause for complaint, have to pay our exorbitant trial prices when they get home, and go through prolonged quarantine, vaccinated or not. All of that is also wasted because our contact tracing system is so weak. As soon as the quarantine is over, we lose track of people.

Bloomberg also points out the problems with our decentralized system leading to a “fragmented response to Covid”. I fear this is likely to get worse when there are elections and local politicians each doing their own thing. Our COVID tour comes as a choir without grades, without a conductor and especially when all members are deaf.

In addition to being deaf, our guides are stubborn (sorry to the pigs) who refuse to discard useless and unscientific guidelines and take the actions that work. Remember all that talk about flattening the curve for COVID incidence? It seems all that was flattened was the learning curve.

The government must be able to listen, hear and observe in the Filipino sense of Pinapakinggan, smell (because of corruption) and feel the fears and depression of the people under the smile.

If we are indeed a resilient people, wouldn’t it be even better if we also had a resilient government?

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Indian Supreme Court orders payments to the families of Covid victims https://gosic.org/indian-supreme-court-orders-payments-to-the-families-of-covid-victims/ https://gosic.org/indian-supreme-court-orders-payments-to-the-families-of-covid-victims/#respond Tue, 05 Oct 2021 10:46:27 +0000 https://gosic.org/indian-supreme-court-orders-payments-to-the-families-of-covid-victims/

NEW DELHI – India’s coronavirus death toll could now amount to hundreds of millions of dollars in government payout.

The country’s Supreme Court has ordered India’s Civil Protection Agency to pay 50,000 rupees, about $ 671 to families of people who have died from Covid. India’s official number of victims of the pandemic is 449,260, although experts estimate that the true number of Covid deaths is many times higher. Even that smaller number would suggest payouts of around $ 300 million.

The number of families seeking compensation could skyrocket as the government broadened the definition of Covid-19 death to include anyone within 30 days of a positive RT-PCR test or clinical examination who confirmed the infection has died.

“This is a Herculean task for the government,” said Gaurav Kumar Bansal, the attorney who brought the trial to India’s highest court.