visits DIPECHO projects in Bicol
Department of Agriculture RFU 5
San Agustin, Pili, Camarines Sur
June 5, 2013
LEGAZPI CITY - - An evaluation team from the European
Commission - Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil
Protection (ECHO) Regional Support Office for East, Southeast
Asia and the Pacific, is in Bicol to evaluate the DIPECHO project.
DIPECHO or Enhancing Capacities for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)
in Agriculture in Cambodia and in the Philippines (Bicol and
Caraga) OSRO/RAS/201/EC is being implemented by the DA RFU 5
and the Food and Agriculture Organizations (FAO) of the UN in
Albay, Sorsogon and Catanduanes provinces. The project which
was funded by the European Commission aimed to enhance livelihood's
resilience of small scale farmers and fisherfolks in disaster
-prone areas through the institutionalization of DRR in agriculture.
The DA and FAO's partners in this project are PAGASA, Central
Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA), Bicol University
(BU) and the LGUs.
The European team was headed by Ms. Amelie Yan-Gouiffes, DRR
Coordinator of ECHO. She was impressed by the projects achievements,
but urged the group to bring the information generated to as
many farmers as possible at the farm level, not only in the project
areas, so that climate information products, good practice options
and proactive disaster risk reduction service delivery will be
institutionalized in the barangays even after the project's culmination
in December 2013.
DA RFU 5 Regional Executive Director Abelardo R. Bragas presented
the accomplishments of the DIPECHO project since its inception
in September 2012. Salient accomplishments include conduct of
trainings on disaster risk reduction, development of barangay
and municipal DRR plan and regional plan of action for DRR in
agriculture; dissemination of Good Practice Options for replication
in selected barangays; distribution of rice seeds; regular and
timely provision of farm weather bulletins and climate outlook
advisories to farmers; and training on interpretation and use
of climate advisories information.
Also present during the project briefing orientation held at
the Oriental Hotel in Legazpi City on June 4 were Arlyn Aquino,
ECHO Phils. Programme Officer; German national Olaf Neussner,
Chief Adviser on DRM -GIZ project, and Gene Castro, FAO National
Project Coordinator. Team leaders of the partner agencies were
also present: Dr. Landrico Dalida, Jr., Regional Director of
PAG-ASA region 5; Dr. Luis Amano, BU team leader; Dr. Cely Binoya,
CBSUA team leader; Dr. Salvadora Gavino and Lorenzo Alvina of
DA RFU 5 team.
The European evaluation team will be staying for the whole week
to visit various DIPECHO project sites and talk with project
beneficiaries and co-operators. (Lovella P. Guarin)
Oriental Hotel, LEGAZPI CITY
- The DIPECHO project
implementation team from the DA RFU 5, PAGASA, CBSUA, and BU,
briefed the European evaluators headed by Amelie Yan- Gouiffes
(inset), DRR Coordinator of the European Commission, on the DIPECHO
project updates, in a round-table discussion held June 4 in this
city. DA 5 OIC Regional Executive Director Abelardo Bragas (inset
right), presented the DIPECHO updates.