Pasil, Kalinga – Aimed at capacitating its constituents on disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, organic farming and slow food promotion, the municipal government of Pasil conducted a season-long School-On-Air program.
The program is a joint effort of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO) which shouldered the funding and the Municipal Agricultural Office, under the supervision of Mayor Alfredo “Chao-ig” Malannag Jr.
A total of 40 participants, including farmers and students, joined the program, which commenced on February 1 to July 26, 2022.
Aired at the Nutri-Skwela Community Radio-Radyo Kasalip, a community radio of the municipality, discussions on said subject matters were aired from 11 AM to 12 noon every Tuesday and Thursday.
Actual demonstrations of gained knowledge were put into practice by the participants during their practicum.
After around six months, the participants graduated on August 18, 2022, at the Municipal Evacuation Center in Tucol, Pasil, and were presented by program facilitator Rowena Gonnay. The graduates were confirmed by Councilor Engr. Eugene Batalao Sr., who represented Mayor Malannag Jr.
Speaking to the graduates, the local officials challenged them to utilize the learnings they obtained. They were likewise encouraged to share their knowledge with other members of the community.
The local government expects the graduates to be its partners in addressing issues of climate change and disaster risk mitigation, as well as in promoting organic farming and slow food.
The group is the second batch of the season-long School-On-Air programs in the municipality.
Budget prepared for 3rd batch
According to MDRRMO Marlyn Pagutayao, their office allotted another funding for the third batch that is expected to begin in September 2022.
The municipality encourages farmers and those interested to participate in the program for them to be prepared in times of inevitable disaster occurrence.
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