Friday, July 30, 2010

Reducing Risks and Disasters Forum

September 26 last year, the Philippines experienced a staggering amount of rain – more than 20 years of combined rainfall that submerged a large part of Metro Manila as Tropical Storm Ondoy damaged billions worth of properties and businesses, dislodged common people and celebrities from their homes, and took the lives of unfortunate victims. Most were caught unaware and even more were clueless on what to do when calamity strikes.

Almost a year later, parts of the country are still reeling from the after effects. To better equip the public against the dangers of typhoons and floods, a panel of experts from the University of the Philippines, PAG-ASA, and the Department of Agriculture, organized and held a forum entitled “Reducing Risks and Disasters due to Rainfall Variability: Protecting Life, Food, and Property from Flood and Drought.”

The forum was held last July 29 at the National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Auditorium at UP Diliman. Focusing on courses of action that could possible reduce the effects of rainfall variability on life, food, and property, the forum discussed three water-related subjects: Water-Related Hazards in the Philippines, Food Supply Vulnerability to Water-Related Hazards, and Institutional Course of Action to Reduce Water-Related Risks and Disasters.

For more information, contact the Department of Agriculture at (0632) 928-8741 to 65, email or visit


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