March 1, 2024

The People’s Survival Fund (PSF), recently turned over by President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. to local government units, will bolster the execution of climate change adaptation programs as the country works on being disaster-resilient.

The PSF will help LGU adaptation activities in relation to land and water resources management, agriculture and fisheries, health, infrastructure development, and natural ecosystems, according to Senate President Pro-Tempore Loren Legarda.

“This will also support the improvement of the monitoring, controlling, and prevention of diseases triggered by climate change, the establishment of forecasting and early warning systems, and strengthening institutional development for local governments, preventive measures, planning, preparedness, and management of impacts relating to climate change,” Legarda said in a statement.

Established under Republic Act 10174 in 2012, the PSF had an initial capitalization of P1 billion to finance adaptation programs and projects of LGUs and accredited local and community organizations.

The approval of the six new climate adaptation projects worth over P541 million brings the total number of PSF-funded projects to 11 climate adaptation initiatives and six projects for Project Development Grants, amounting to a combined P889.6M.

Included in the projects are Mountain Province, which received a grant worth P271.15M for the construction of a Climate Field School for Farmers; Maramag town in Bukidnon, P126.40M for the installation of drainage and early warning systems as well as the development of the agroforestry industry; Borongan City, Eastern Samar, P117.96M for the installation of embankment infrastructure and reforestation for enhanced flood control of the Lo-om River; Cabagan, Isabela, P21.28M for an irrigation project; Catanauan, Quezon, P2.64M for a mangrove rehabilitation project; Besao, also in Mountain Province, P2M for the water harvesting structures project.

“There is no substitute for national and local government programs and budgets that are climate change-adaptive. The PSF allows us to pole-vault toward ensuring disaster and climate change resilient communities,” Legarda said.

The passage into law of RA 10174, which she authored and sponsored, was “a triumph for the Filipino people and an affirmation of the nation’s commitment to building communities resilience to disasters.” PNA