University of the Philippines — This day last year, the University of the Philippines Board of Regents approved the “Establishment of the Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards Center” for climate actions and disaster risk reduction management. It was signed into order on 21 March 2017 through UP Executive Order PDLC 17-03 signed by UP President Danilo L. Concepcion.
Today, the whole workforce of UP NOAH went to Quezon Hall to personally extend their gratitude to the UP System embodied in the ideals and leadership of UP President Concepcion and other University officials.
The Committee on Government Reorganization, jointly with the Committee on National Defense and Security, continues with its discussion on disaster preparedness bills (House Bills numbered 108, 344, 596, 2638, 3093, 4203, 4648 and 6075) of which Dr. Lagmay is one of the resource persons. The primary focus of the meeting was on the creation of the Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, defining its mandate, powers, and functions, and appropriating funds therefor.
Tagaytay City, Philippines – The four-day New Dimensions for Natural Hazards in Asia: An AOGS-EGU Joint Conference took place this week from February 4 to 8, 2018. It was attended by over 200 geological hazards experts from all over the world.
Fifteen UP Resilience Institute and NOAH Center researchers and scientists presented their scientific studies in the conference in the two-day simultaneous sessions.
Ortigas, Quezon City – A board meeting was held last Tuesday, January 30, by the Climate Change Commission (CCC) to implement the Exit Strategy and Sustainability Plan (ESSP) for the ReBUILD Project.
For its part, the UP NOAH Center, core component of the UP Resilience Institute, helped the CCC develop the Geospatial Analytics National Platform (GANaP) which serves as a repository for the exposure, sensitivity, adaptive capacity, vulnerability and risk level data for the partner communities.
As part of the UP Resilience Institute and UP NOAH Center’s efforts under the UP Resilient Campuses Project, researchers visited the University of the Philippines Los Baños Campus last week, from 16 to 19 January 2018. Some of the objectives for the event include the validation of OpenStreetMap data in the campus, capacity assessment of the different units through interviews, and collection of existing reference material from the university records.
UP Diliman, Quezon City — Officers, members and representatives of the Overseas Security Advisory Council, Manila Country Council (OSAC), and the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) of the Philippines, Security and Disaster Resources Group Committee (SDRG) visited the National Institute of Geological Sciences yesterday, January 18, to know more about the UP NOAH Center’s efforts to enhance the preparedness and resilience of the Philippines relative to disasters and climate change impacts.
In his presentation, Dr. Mahar Lagmay, Director of the UP NOAH Center, stressed the importance of probabilistic hazard maps for long-term development initiatives. “We must capture the hazards of the future,” he emphasized.