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Legarda Visits Pangasinan to Support Farmers, Strengthen Local Disaster-Resilience

January 15, 2013

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY VISITED THE PROVINCE OF PANGASINAN FOR A WHOLE-DAY ENGAGEMENT WITH LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND FARMERS.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, will turn over geohazard maps to municipalities in Pangasinan and conduct a public briefing on the use and implementation of the maps. She will also hold a Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Roadshow at the Pangasinan State University-Lingayen Campus.
Legarda, author of the Agri-Agra Reform Credit Act, will also lead the turnover of knapsack sprayers and fertilizer for corn production programs in Mangaldan and will join farmers at the Pozorrubio Farmers’ Night.
“I want my visit in every province to be very productive, especially by way of educating our people in the countryside on disaster resilience and providing them with the necessary tools to ensure that they are ready to face the hazards ahead,” she stressed.
“Our local government units must be able to prepare our communities for disasters and the geohazard maps will help them make sound policies for local disaster resilience. Meanwhile, the agriculture sector is one of those most vulnerable to climate change. Thus, we want to equip them with the information and tools they would need for better yield and effectively adapt to the effects of global warming,” she added.
“Our times and climes have changed. This is a reality that even our soldiers realize. In fact, our armed forces are gearing up for a battle against disasters,” said Legarda, referring to reports that the Armed Forces of the Philippines will join a climate change summit this year.
“The AFP is strengthening capacity to respond to disasters, but they should also be better-equipped in preparing for natural hazards to reduce loss of lives and damage to properties. We must all join hands in shaping our country to become thoroughly prepared,” Legarda concluded.