Escalation of uncertainties
Agriculture and food security, for example, are facing problems due to these impacts. In fact, in the Cordilleras alone, changing weather patterns and climate-change triggered calamities have affected farmers.
According to a United Nations-Food and Agriculture Organization (UN-FAO) report by Dr. Roberto Sandoval Jr. and Stephen Baas, “Climate change has escalated the uncertainties in the region’s agricultural production as the increased occurrence, intensity, and length of rainfall events – which consequently increase erosion rates, trigger landslides, and make certain crops susceptible to diseases – have impacted crop production in the region, particularly during the crops’ critical growth stages.”
In 2013, typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda) ravaged Eastern Visayas, leaving more than 6,000 people dead. The rehabilitation and and recovery of the region will take years. People pointed to different factors that contributed to this amount devastation: from the government’s lack of preparation to a lack of understanding of the term “storm surge.”
Peoples Survival Fund and Climate Change Act of 2009
Originally published in GMA News.