The Bicol Agri-Water Project (BAWP) has been conducting a series of roundtable discussions (RTDs) in Camarines Sur and Albay since 2012. For this year, BAWP conducted its municipal level RTDs last August 2, 2016 for Nabua and Buhi in Camarines Sur and August 3, 2016 for Polangui, Albay.

The RTDs for Buhi, Nabua and Polangui were held at the Maguindara Hall in Buhi, Bulwagan ng Punong Bayan in Nabua, and Lila’s Restaurante in Polangui, respectively.

 

Participants were representatives from Local Government Units (LGUs), Farmers’ Associations and other agricultural stakeholders. The municipal level RTDs served as avenues to present the CLEA for the wet season of 2016. Climate Data Analyst of BAWP, Ms. Vina Peñaserada, explained the climate forecast while agricultural technologists from the LGUs discussed Good Practice Options (GPOs) relative to the climate outlook.

The CLEA is one of the outputs of the Bicol Agri-Water Project (BAWP) that contains climate information provided by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), data collected by Rainfall Data Collectors (RDCs) trained by BAWP, the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Forecast from the International Research Institute for Climate and Society-Columbia University (IRI-CU), and Extension Advisory and GPOs recommended by Municipal Agricultural Offices (MAOs) and the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office (DA RFO 5). It is a two-part briefer containing six-month climate outlook at the municipal level and provides advisories in relation with the forecasts.

Basically, it serves as a decision support tool that stakeholders from the agricultural sector can use to cope against the threats of climate variability on planting and harvesting.

The RTDs served as venues to elicit suggestions from the stakeholders on how the CLEA can be further improved. Suggestions include production of CLEAs translated to Tagalog and Bicolano dialects and printing of poster-size CLEAs that may be posted on public areas such as barangay halls for wider accessibility.

To sustain the production of the CLEA after BAWP concludes in September 2017, BAWP will conduct a training for LGU representatives on the creation of the CLEA, and will facilitate its institutionalization through enacment of municipal ordinances. - Chrislyn Joanna P. Faulmino