This article was originally published by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) on May 24, 2017.
LEGAZPI CITY, May 23 (PIA) – The Local climate Change Adaptation for Development (LCCAD) and the Office of Rep. Joey Salceda of 2D Albay have strongly support the upcoming launch of the revitalized University of the Philippines Resilience Institute (UP RI), with the integration of the UP National Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH) Center as its core component.
According to LCCAD executive director Nong C. Rangasa, the Resilience Institute will be the first in the country and will be led by UP RI Executive Director Mahar Lagmay to provide an inclusive multi-disciplinary approach by the university system to produce effective and efficient capacity building programs which are essential in forming sustainable development plans that will benefit all Filipinos, especially the poor and other marginalized and vulnerable sectors.
Rangasa said he agreed with Lagmay and the UP RI’s belief that the long-term solution to our country’s disaster problems will be best achieved through the collaborative competent contributions of not only Science and Technology, but Arts and Humanities as well.
The LCCAD, which is a prime-mover in the 2017 Leagues of Municipalities/Cities of the Philippines (LMP/LCP) national roll-out training-workshops on the formulation of Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP)/Barangay Contingency & Recovery Plan (BCRP) that has so far trained more than 500 out of 1,700 LGUs in the Philippines, partners with Lagmay who vowed that progressive scientific research, with the full utilization of state-of-the-art equipment and technology, by the UP RI will ensure accurate, reliable, understandable, and timely data that is open and free to the public at all times, also through the website and android application.
Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda of the second district of Albay province, also acclaimed UN First Senior Global Champion for Climate Change Adaptation/Disaster Risk & Vulnerability Reduction and a Green Economist, said the project will formally be launched on June 23, 2017 as a proactive hub providing benchmark innovative information vital in lifesaving Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk and Vulnerability Reduction efforts (CCA/DRVR),”
“Empowered communities, which constantly remained as the fundamental and uncompromised goal of NOAH, proved to be instrumental in averting more than 15 potentially fatal calamities since 2012,” Lagmay said.
In response to LCCAD’s advocacy for a science & risk-based approach, a well-developed LCCAP and risk assessment to enhance Comprehensive Land Use & Development Plan (CLUDP), Lagmay underscored the role of UP RI lead in mapping out blueprints for Local Government Units (LGUs) on implementing genuine progress as they address and overcome the challenges of future catastrophes.
For the past five years, NOAH has cultivated competence thus excellence by training science experts yielding dependable comprehensive output and appropriately disseminating probabilistic multi-scenario-based multi-hazard maps. Along with this, the LCCAD has also vigorously been strengthening LGUs foundations through LCCAP/BCRP trainings.
“Such maps for disaster risk assessment are required in the Philippine Development Plan 2017 – 2022 and are important for unhampered and lasting growth,” Lagmay explained.
The UP NOAH Center under the UP RI will intensify its function to robustly make available and offer comprehensive reports necessary for the country’s 144 cities and 1,490 municipalities and 81 provinces in accordingly responding to various calamities and facilitate proper vulnerability management in their respective area of jurisdiction.
According to the World Bank Report of 2016, the Philippines ranked third among the 171 countries with the highest levels of disaster risks. As a response, the UP Board of Regents (BOR), during its 1319th Meeting on 28th July, 2016, established the UP RI through Memorandum No. PAEP 16-67.
Consequently, NOAH was adopted by the UP during the BOR’s 1325 Meeting on 23 February 2017 and established as a center through Executive Order No. PDLC 17-03 on 21 March 2017. (MAL/RMN-LCCAD/PIA5/Albay)