Senator Loren Legarda, the current Chairwoman of the Climate Change Oversight Committee of the Senate, was the keynote speaker during the UP Resilience Institute launch last 20 June 2017.
In her speech, Sen. Legarda specifically stated that UP NOAH has been instrumental in improving disaster preparedness in the country. She added that NOAH has been “very helpful particularly in providing accurate information and timely warnings to [Philippine] agencies and communities.”
She stated that she is glad that NOAH is now integrated within the UP Resilience Institute.
“The role of the UP Resilience Institute is crucial here. I envision this to be a center for topnotch research on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. Not only will it be a primary source of climate information, it will also disseminate information and essential tools for the public, especially the local government units (LGUs),” she added.
Senator Legarda ensures that climate change, including adaptation and disaster risk reduction, is addressed as a national priority and considered in policy-making.