BAGUIO CITY — Mountain Province is set to establish a climate field school in collaboration with the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) Cordillera.

Financed through the People’s Survival Fund (PSF) Board, the project boasts a budget of P271.15 million.

Representatives from PDRRMO and DA have closely coordinated to finalize technical details. Neil Cullalad, assistant head of Mountain Province PDRRMO, stressed the school’s dual role as an educational facility for students and a production center for farmers. It also aims to incorporate sustainable functions based on technical recommendations from the DA.

The PSF, established under Republic Act No. 10174, allocates funds for climate adaptation programs in local government units (LGUs) and accredited organizations.

Nationally, the PSF Board has approved P539 million for new climate adaptation projects and the climate field school for farmers in Mountain Province is the biggest initiative.

Other approved projects nationwide include the Installation of drainage and early warning systems and the development of the agroforestry industry in Maramag, Bukidnon; an irrigation project in Cabagan, Isabela; a Mangrove rehabilitation project in Catanauan, Quezon; and the installation of embankment infrastructure and reforestation for enhanced flood control of Lo-om River in Borongan City, Eastern Samar. — Artemio A. Dumlao