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Implementing SAAD in Kalinga with camaraderie and empowerment to its beneficiaries

DA-CAR Latest News - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 08:00

“Let us help the community beneficiaries of the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) program in Kalinga Province help themselves.”


The advice was given by Engineer Domingo Bakilan, Provincial Agriculturist (PA) of Kalinga Province, in a message to local officials and participants of the SAAD consultation-workshop held last January 27, 2018 at the Golden Berries Convention Center, Tabuk City, Kalinga.


The SAAD consultation-workshop was undertaken with the beneficiaries to determine the program’s priority projects and activities in Kalinga next year (2019). 


To be able to carry-out his suggestion, PA Bakilan said that it is best done with camaraderie among the program’s implementers from the barangay all the way to the provincial levels. We can surely succeed if we will work hard, “hand-in-hand,” as a first step and a continuing approach through the end, he added.


The three municipalities that will be covered by the program are Balbalan, Pasil, and Tanudan with three barangays each.


The coverage barangays from the municipality of Balbalan are Balbalan Proper, Maling and Dao-angan; from the municipality of Pasil, the coverage areas are Pugong, Malucsad and Ableg; and barangays from the municipality of Tanudan are Dupligan, Mabaca and Pangol. These areas were selected based on the highest poverty incidence in a 2016 data gathered by the Provincial Social Welfare Development Office (PSWDO).


During the workshop, the participants identified priority crop commodities that they are engaged in and needs further development support with banana as the main commodity, and root crops as the alternative source of income specifically sweet potato, native ginger and turmeric, gabi and taro, and organic native pig.


Support and assistance to these commodities, according to the participants, must increase production, and improve quality of produce. With the program, the beneficiaries are seeking for the establishment of community enterprises and to provide alternative sources of income.


According to Mr. Caesar D. Lagon, OPAS-Kalinga Planning Officer, who presented the proposed Work and Financial Plan (WFP), banana production was chosen by the beneficiaries as their main commodity because it can assure them an increase in their income.  Banana has been determined to be a suitable crop in the locality and has a favorable market in the Province throughout the year.


The proposed budget for the implementation of SAAD in Kalinga starting next year is around 60M.


To establish a smooth implementation of SAAD, Bakilan requested for a proper coordination with the governor to issue an Executive Order (EO) for the creation of a Provincial Program Management Office (PPMO). The PPMO will lead the SAAD’s implementation in the provincial level.



The activity was attended by the National Program Management Office (NPMO) staff headed by SAAD Program Director Bernadette F. San Juan, PA Domingo Bakilan, the different Municipal Agriculturists (MA’s) of the three municipalities, the different barangay captains of the identified priority barangays and Department of Agriculture (DA)-CAR staff.// Leny Mendoza



Lacwasan: MP Eyes to Graduate from Poverty in Three Years Time

DA-CAR Latest News - Sun, 02/04/2018 - 08:00



Mountain Province Governor Bonifacio Lacwasan does not see poverty leaving his landlocked province until after three years.


The governor aired that grim assessment during a workshop consultation for the implementation of the Department of Agriculture (DA) Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) for FY 2019 held last January 29, 2018 in Bontoc, Mountain Province.


SAAD is a six-year locally funded project under the Department of Agriculture that focuses on the most marginalized agricultural and fishery sectors in the country. It aims to alleviate poverty of poor farmers and fisherfolks through providing agricultural and fishery livelihood-related projects to its target beneficiaries. Implementation of the project already started in 2017 with Apayao as the first Cordillera province covered.


In his message, governor Lacwasan reiterated the importance of cooperation and support among the barangay captains under the coverage of the program to implement the program wisely.


“For the barangays who were selected, please cooperate and be obedient to implement this project and we hope that after three years we will also graduate from poverty,” Lacwasan said.


The consultation-workshop was done in preparation for the smooth implementation of the program next year in the said province.


According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, Mountain Province had the highest poverty incidence in the Cordillera at 49.9% in the first semester of 2015. It increased by 4.6% since the first semester of 2012.


For Mountain Province, all of the ten municipalities were chosen as beneficiaries with one barangay per municipality as main focus of implementation. Identified program interventions are swine production, poultry production, mango production, citrus production, banana production, coffee and cacao production, tiger grass and swamp gabi production, brown egg production, quail egg production, legumes and vegetable production.


Selection of the barangay coverage of the program was based on the Community Based Monitoring System (CBMS 2013) poverty incidence rate data. These are Bekigan in Sadanga, Leseb in Bauko, Ankileng in  Sagada, Pudo in Natonin, Mabalite in Tadian, Latang in Barlig, Napua in Sabangan, Catengan in Besao, Dalican in Bontoc and Bunot in Paracelis.


Provincial Agriculturist (PA) John Likigan briefed the participants regarding the program. All of the Municipal Agriculturists (MA’s) were present during the activity together with the Barangay Captains and some Barangay Kagawads.


SAAD Program Director Bernadette F. San Juan was also present along with her staff.


Other participants came from the Provincial Agriculture’s Office, and DA-CAR.


The workshop consultation aimed to create a proposed design that will fit the needs of the beneficiaries by involving them in the planning process.


“We hope that your commitment and cooperation will be there from the start of the program up to the end of the project,” stated Ms. Jane Tumapang, Assistant Provincial Agriculturist in her closing remarks.//



Other participants came from the Provincial Agriculture’s Office, and DA-CAR.


The workshop consultation aimed to create a proposed design that will fit the needs of the beneficiaries by involving them in the planning process.


“We hope that your commitment and cooperation will be there from the start of the program up to the end of the project,” stated Ms. Jane Tumapang, Assistant Provincial Agriculturist in her closing remarks.// Leny Mendoza



Event: High-level Meeting on Tuberculosis

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 06:02
The 71st UNGA decided to hold a high-level meeting on the fight against tuberculosis in 2018. By resolution 71/159, adopted on 15 December 2016, the Assembly also requested the Secretary-General, in close collaboration with the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) and in consultation with Member States, to propose options and modalities for the conduct of such a meeting, including potential deliverables. On 11 January 2018, UNGA President Miroslav Lajcak announced that the Permanent Representatives of Antigua and Barbuda and Japan will co-facilitate the holding of the meeting. On 29 January, he circulated proposed elements for a resolution on the modalities of the meeting, indicating that the meeting could take place 24 or 26 September 2018. The proposed elements will be considered in a consultation on 9 February. More information on the high-level meeting is available here.

Generation 2030: ECOSOC Forum Calls on Youth to Accelerate SDG Action

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 01:12
The seventh annual ECOSOC Youth Forum opened on 30 January 2018, on the theme, ‘The role of youth in building sustainable and resilient urban and rural communities'. UNGA President Miroslav Lajcak said he has prioritized the engagement of young people in his 2018 events, and that he will convene a Youth Dialogue in May 2018.

AU Summit Focuses on African Transformation, Coordination of Sustainable Development Agendas

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 01:12
The 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union agreed to hold an Extraordinary Summit in March 2018 to consider legal instruments related to and sign an agreement on the African Continental Free Trade Area (CTFA). The Assembly adopted a decision related to establishing a Single Market for Air Transport in Africa (SAATM) and recommendations related to scaling up climate finance. On the sidelines of the meeting, the AU and the UN signed a framework agreement on the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063, which aims to contribute to people-centered and planet-sensitive structural transformation in Africa.

WMO Confirms Three Warmest Years on Record, Ocean Temperatures at Record Levels

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 01:11
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has confirmed that 2015, 2016, and 2017 are the three warmest years on record, with 2016 holding the global record at 1.2°C above preindustrial levels. In March, the WMO will issue its full ‘Statement on the State of the Climate in 2017'. A separate a study by the Institute of Atmospheric Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (IAP CAS) finds that 2017 was the hottest year ever recorded for the world’s oceans.

Governments Flag Priorities for STI Forum

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 01:11
The third annual STI Forum will convene from 5-6 June 2018. ECOSOC President Marie Chatardova called for a "strong" outcome from the 2018 Forum, while Brazil stressed the need for gender balanced panels.

Meeting Considers Best Practices for SDG National Reporting Platforms

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 01:10
The UN Statistics Division organized a meeting of data managers, SDG focal points, and representatives of national statistical offices (NSOs) to examine how countries can establish and manage national reporting platforms. Participants highlighted possible approaches to the challenge of monitoring and reporting on SDG-relevant indicators in a transparent manner.

International Community Looks at Migration-Related Data, Education, Role of Faith-Based Organizations

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 01:09
International organizations, policy experts, statisticians, and civil society gathered in Paris, France for the first International Forum on Migration Statistics. The UN Deputy Secretary-General invited faith-based organizations to contribute to the forthcoming negotiations on the Global Compact on Migration. A joint OECD-ILO publication finds that labor migration has a relatively limited impact in terms of native-born workers’ labor market outcomes, economic growth, and public finance.

UNDP Administrator Highlights SDG, Gender Initiatives

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 01:09
The first regular session for 2018 of the Executive Board of UNDP, UNFPA and UNOPs discussed the organizations' strategic frameworks. UNDP and UNOPs highlighted their goals of achieving gender parity within their agencies by 2020.

Pakistan Explores Carbon Pricing Instruments

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 01:08
Carbon pricing instruments include a tax on GHG emissions or an emissions cap-and-trade system. Pakistan's Ministry of Climate Change will launch a technical study on a possible carbon pricing instrument to help the country follow a low-carbon development path.

Event: Global Workshop for VNR Countries - Lessons and Challenges

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 17:55
A global workshop for the 48 governments that will present Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) at the 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF) will facilitate the sharing of experiences among VNR countries, including lessons learned and challenges encountered. This workshop is the second in a series of three being organized by DESA, according to a handbook for VNR countries. The first workshop took place in Geneva, Switzerland, in December 2017, and covered key components of the preparatory process. The third workshop will cover final preparatory matters and countries' anticipated follow-up to their VNR presentations.

Event: Nexus 2018: Water, Food, Energy and Climate

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 02:33
The second Nexus Conference: Water, Food, Energy, and Climate will focus on: the science-policy interface; partnerships and solutions; Sustainable Development Goal commitments; sharing of tools, indicators and methodologies; and the identification of gaps. The conference will seek to build on recognizing and respecting the work that sector experts are engaged with while also addressing some key challenges that will require a Nexus approach.

Event: Retreat on ECOSOC Reform Review

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 01:12
The President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)  is organizing a retreat titled, 'Fulfilling the vision of the 2030 Agenda: Integrated analyses from ECOSOC and its system,' in preparation for the upcoming review by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) of reforms undertaken to ECOSOC as mandated in UNGA resolution 68/1. The retreat's objectives are to:
  • Engage in an open discussion on the contributions of the ECOSOC system to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in keeping with their mandates and responsibilities;
  • Share views and ideas on how the ECOSOC system, and the meetings of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) held under its auspices, can respond to emerging global develop challenges; and
  • Consider ways to further enhance the results of the Council and its system as a contribution to preparations for the upcoming UNGA review of resolution A/68/1.

Event: Land and Poverty Conference 2018

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 01:02
The World Bank's 19th annual Conference on Land and Poverty will present the latest research and practice on the diversity of reforms, interventions, and innovations in the land sector around the world. The 2018 conference theme will be, 'Land Governance in an Interconnected World'.

European Union Announces Collaborative Energy Projects

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 00:54
EU member states agreed on the European Commission’s proposal to invest €873 million in infrastructure projects to help integrate European renewable energy and natural gas markets. An event for the Smart Specialisation Platform on Energy (S3PEnergy) was held to discuss collaboration, lessons learned, and future actions regarding European cross-regional energy innovation partnerships. The EU Energy Poverty Observatory, which will provide an open-access resource that will promote public engagement regarding the issue of energy poverty, was launched in Brussels.

UNFCCC Launches Talanoa Dialogue Platform to Boost Climate Ambition

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 00:52
The Talanoa web portal aims to facilitate a dialogue among all countries and other stakeholders, including business, investors, cities, regions and civil society on progress in taking stock on climate action and increasing ambition. The Portal will facilitate inclusive and transparent dialogue on raisin ambition towards implementing towards implementing the long term goal of the Paris Agreement. It will be open throughout 2018 for dialogue on three questions.

WEF Launches Partnerships on Circular Economy, Oceans, Skills Development

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 00:49
The 48th World Economic Forum addressed six agendas: the global agenda, including the SDGs; the geopolitical agenda; the economic agenda; the regional and national agenda; the industry and business agenda; and the future agenda. On the environment, WEF leaders called for tackling climate change, reducing pollution and promoting a more circular economy. The UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, Peter Thomson, and Isabella Lövin, Sweden’s Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden, launched the ‘Friends of Ocean Action’ partnership.

UNEP and WTO Announce Initiative to Align Trade with Sustainable Development

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 00:44
The UN Environment Programme and the World Trade Organization (WTO) have announced an initiative to promote trade that supports both economic and sustainable development. The initiative will showcase experiences and serve as a multi-stakeholder knowledge exchange.

GIZ and Partners Host Conference on Sustainable Energy for Displaced People

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 00:42
GIZ and partners hosted a conference titled “Energy for Displaced People: A Global Plan of Action for Sustainable Energy Solutions in Situations of Development”. Participants developed recommendations for a global plan of action on energy access in refugee situations. The UNEP-DTU Partnership outlined its support to such a global plan by providing research-based advisory services to UNHCR and their humanitarian partners.