Ifugao prepares community on climate change impact

LAGAWE, Ifugao – The Community Dialogue on Climate Change and Natural Resource Management Systems and the Ifugao Cultural Heritage Office here is organizing a community dialog on climate change and natural resource management systems.

To be conducted at the Halfway Lodge in Banaue on June 3, the dialog expects 35 community representatives from six municipalities to discuss the results of concluded community level caucuses and interviews that seek to draw out effects of climate change on their communities and the methodologies/strategies the communities to address such.

Ifugao Governor Teddy Baguilat Jr leads the organizers which include Fred Pait, Convenor, Peasant Leaders’ Forum and Sarah Alikes, Officer-In- charge of the Ifugao Resource and Development Center, have noted that through generations, the indigenous communities have survived and developed despite many natural and manmade challenges.

“The world is reeling from the effects of climate change on entire communities, cities and islands. No one is spared, not even the rich and the powerful, although as always the brunt of the disaster strikes harder on the poor and the marginalized,” Baguilat said.

Whatever the people here experience as effects of climate change are nothing compared to those in areas hit by tsunamis, flash floods, heat waves, and other major disasters. # Vency D. Bulayungan/PIA-Ifugao(NorthernDispatch)

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