ILAARRDEC recently participated in the S&T Action Frontline for Emergenicies (SAFE) Component 2 Conference
ILAARRDEC actively participated in the S&T Action Frontline for Emergencies (SAFE) and Risks in the AANR Sector: R&D Agenda Setting Focused on Emergencies/Risks in Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources (AANR) Program Component 2 Conference held at El Cielito Hotel, Makati City last January 18-20, 2017.
Together with the other SAFE team member from Region 1 which is composed of DOST-RO1 Regional Director Dr. Armando Ganal (Team Leader), ATI Assistant Director Dr. Melinda Mangabat (RTTG Coordinator), and UNP Representative Ms. Maritess Raboy, the said activity was also participated by various consortia, invited resource speakers/guests, and other agencies nationwide. The component 2 conference as one of the seven components of the said program highlights the following:
- presentation of Disaster History Profile from the different regions;
- showcase best practices in mitigating climate change and disaster risk related to AANR sector from the different agencies;
- identifies research areas by hazards and R&D gaps and proposed regional SAFE projects.
SAFE Project Leader Dr. Josephine F. Cruz of Central Bicol State University of Agriculture warmly welcomed during the opening day, the participants from the different consortia and partner agencies nationwide. Meanwhile, DOST-PCAARRD Executive Director Dr. Reynaldo V. Ebora, duly represented by PCAARRD-TTPD Director Dr. Melvin B. Carlos gave a short message and acknowledged the active participation of the consortia and other participating agencies for this second conference meeting.
The SAFE Program was launched by PCAARRD as its formal emergency response program and as an institutional system for both emergency- or hazard-related R&D and technology transfer. This program is envisioned to establish an institutional approach to develop S&T strategies and technology convergence in response to various emergencies and hazards in AANR sectors. Moreover, the SAFE Program will also serve as PCAARRD's direct contribution to disaster risk reduction and management as well as post-disaster community rehabilitation and reinforcement in the country.
The first conference was held last October 11-13, 2016 at Villa Caceres Hotel, Naga City, Camarines Sur.