The Aparri cluster (Aparri, Lallo, Camalaniugan, Gattaran) had their CCA-DRR training last January 11-12 at the Lyceum of Aparri. The two days training was attended by peasant leaders, fisherfolk leaders and professionals who have been active in the campaign to stop magnetite mining on the shores of Cagayan and “dredging” of Cagayan river.
Roxanne Bans Veridiano, Executive Director of KADUAMI explains the science of climate change and how it is affecting the resource base of the people. The training was part workshops and part input to provide the tools for the participants to analyze climate patterns in their areas.
Eva Umaguing, Training and Organizing Coordinator (standing in the far middle) assists in the instructions for the workshop while Betty Sugao, focal person for children (beside Roxanne) listens in and later help in the vulnerability assessment of the communities. The participants were divided according to the towns they came from.
The participants working on the resources or assets affected by climate change and the human rights impacted with the damages from climate change. They pinpointed whether the assets were natural, human, physical, financial and social. They made hazard maps for their communities and showed where their assets were located.
Lyceum of Aparri provided the large hall for the two days training. Tarps in the background are part of the teaching aids used. These were diligently copied by the participants so they could re-echo these to their communities, they said. Even if the weather was rainy and windy, the participants were active in participating and sharing their stories.