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Cost-Benefit Analysis and Adaptive Capacity Validation Workshop for CRVA-RFO1

As a component to the project Climate Risk Vulnerability Assessment of the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 1 (DA RFO-1), contracted GrIDS personnel once again facilitated another workshop, this time focusing on Adaptive Capacity of LGUs to the effects of climate change. Validation had been made by the participants through the Adaptive Capacity Data Collection Form which the team had provided for each of LGU. The form contained initial data of each city and municipality in which the participants shall update the figures or validate these with the concerned department that handles the information they need. The data collected was then used to assess each LGU’s capacity to withstand the possible effects of climate change in their jurisdiction, especially their agriculture sector.

This activity also included capacity building on Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) with the goal to strengthen LGUs’ capacities in conducting this method. Participants were guided on the use of a spreadsheet-based CBA tool with embedded formulae which they found easy-to-use as they only have to input data on cost and returns.

Presentation of progress on the on-going CBA of the team was also done and additional data were collected. Initial results presented were based on the outputs of the participatory workshop conducted last July 24, 2019, in Dagupan, Pangasinan where climate-resilient agricultural (CRA) practices of participating LGUs were listed and prioritized. From the long list, only two best CRA practices will have to be selected, using CBA as a prioritization tool.

The workshop for Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur group was conducted in Vigan City last October 17-18, 2019 while the La Union and Pangasinan group held this in Calasiao, Pangasinan on October 21-22, 2019. These workshops were participated by a total number of fifty (50) technical staff from DA RFO-1 and LGU representatives.

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