BAWP REINTRODUCED TO NABUA AND BUHI COUNCILORS
The Bicol Agri-Water Project (BAWP), represented by Co-Principal Investigator and then Provincial Agriculturist of Camarines Sur Dr. Cely Binoya, had a special meeting with the municipal legislative councils (Sangguniang Bayan) of Nabua and Buhi, Camarines Sur last September 14 and 27, 2016, respectively. The purpose of the meetings were to orient newly elected councilors on the activities of BAWP, and to lobby for the institutionalization of one of its outputs—the Seasonal Climate Forecast and Extension Advisory (CLEA).
Dr. Binoya presented an overview of BAWP’s target goals and activities since 2012. She also elaborated the process of obtaining and interpreting climate data provided by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and selection of good practice options as recommended by the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 5 (DA-RFO 5) and Municipal Agriculture Offices (MAOs) of Nabua and Buhi.
The role of local rainfall data collectors and the importance of the data they gather were also emphasized during the meeting. Dr. Binoya explained that the data used for the current version of the CLEA is applicable at the municipal level, but could later be downscaled at the barangay level for more accurate and localized rainfall forecasts. Rainfall data collectors trained by BAWP had been recording rainfall data in various barangays for the past two years. Statistically reliable rainfall forecasts at the barangay level can be generated after rainfall data for the next 28 years had been obtained.
Ms. Annalyn Agua, Project Assistant of BAWP, informed the Councilors of Buhi that BAWP will be providing a printer each to the municipalities of Nabua, Buhi and Polangui to be used for the printing of the CLEA. BAWP will also organize a training on the preparation of the CLEA, to be attended by representatives from the MAO, Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDDRMO), and other concerned offices.
In earlier roundtable discussions for agriculture and irrigation water management for stakeholders in Nabua and Buhi conducted last August 2, 2016, BAWP also presented the latest version of the CLEA and discussed the forecasts and advisories on planting activities for the wet season of 2016 (June to November).
Before each meeting ended, Dr. Binoya reiterated that in order for the initiatives of BAWP to be sustained, its outputs such as the CLEA need to be institutionalized. Councilors from both Nabua and Buhi expressed their appreciation of the CLEA and affirmed their support to its institutionalization. - Chrislyn Joanna P. Faulmino and Vina Angelina L. Peñaserada