CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga, Oct. 12 (PIA) -- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) launched the Science and Technology Action Frontline for Emergencies and Hazards in the AANR Sector or SAFE program partnering with state universities and colleges in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

A total amount of P43 million was awarded to three universities and three colleges for projects aimed to capacitate farmers, barangay and municipal officials on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation and mitigation through science and technology interventions at the farm level and communities in the region.

Abra State Institute of Science and Technology (ASIST) received P6.9 million; Apayao State College(ASC) got P6.3M; Benguet State University(BSU) was awarded P10.3M; Ifugao State University(IFSU) – P6.1M; Kalinga State University(KSU) – P6.3; and Mt. Province State Polytechnic College(MPSPC) – P7 million.

ASIST project is on disaster risk reduction (DRR) of climate change on vulnerable vegetables in Abra; ASC on DRR of climate change on vulnerable agricultural farms in Apayao; BSU on DRR of climate change on vulnerable terrace farms in Benguet; IFSU on DRR of climate change on vulnerable rice and vegetable farms in Ifugao; KSU on DRR of climate change on vulnerable coffee farms in Kalinga, and MPSPC on DRR of climate change on vulnerable farms in Mt. Province.

Twelve municipalities in CAR provinces are covered under the program namely Lagangilang and Licuan Baay in Abra; Luna and Kabugao in Apayao; Kibungan and Tublay in Benguet; Kiangan and Lamut in Ifugao; Tabuk and Tinglayan in Kalinga, and Bauko and Sadanga in Mt. Province.

Partner SUCs provided P10.6 million counterpart fund. Other partner agencies are the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development, and the Highland Agriculture, Aquatic and Resources Research and Development Consortium.

DOST-CAR Director Victor Mariano said another P43M is being worked out for the establishment of laboratory facilities and for continuing research. (Peter Balocnit JDP/PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga)