Laying down of personnel due to closure of industrial companies, occurrence of forest fires and health problems caused by the proliferation of the dengue mosquitoes are only some of the effects of climate change.

This was stressed by Regional Director Maximo O. Dichoso of the Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), region 10, during the first meeting of the Special Committee on Climate Change Adaptation and Risk Reduction (SCCCARR) held in the city, recently.

“Climate change is here to stay and there’s nothing we can do about it except to undertake measures to adjust on how to live and adapt to the situation,” he said.

Thus, the Regional Development Council of Region 10 (RDC-X) has created the SCCCARR with DENR-10 as chairperson and the Dept. of Science and Technology (DOST) as vice chairperson to formulate a regional CCA initiative program for the region, among whose members are:

Government institution: Dept. of Education (DepEd), Dept. of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Dept. of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Dept. of Agriculture (DA), Dept. of Trade and Industry (DTI), Dept. of Transportation and Communication- Regional Management Council (DOTC-RMC), Dept. of Energy (DOE), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and the Office of Civil Defense (OCD).

Academe: Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST), Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT), Liceo de Cagayan University (LCDU) and the Graduate School of Environment of Xavier University.

Private sector: Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Oro Chamber), Foundation, Inc. Philippine Chamber of Commerce, Philippine National Red Cross, Public Transport Groups and non-government organizations involved in CCA/DRR and environmental management activities in the region.

Likewise, an Inter-Agency Working Group under the RDC-SCCCARR have been created with the DENR-EMB as Chairperson, DA as vice chairperson and the sub-groups by areas of concern:

Health, early warning/emergency response (HEWER), information, education and communication (IEC), waste management and pollution control (WMPC), food security (FS) and green/vegetation/biodiversity/water resources (GVBWR).

article by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob (PIA 10)

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