UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES RESILIENCE INSTITUTE (UP RI) TO BE LAUNCHED
UP Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH) Center as core
22 May 2017
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, will formally be launched on 20 June 2017 as a proactive hub providing benchmark innovative information vital in lifesaving climate change actions and disaster risk reduction efforts.
According to UP RI Executive Director Mahar Lagmay, the institute will be 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 sectors.
“The UP RI believes 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,” Lagmay pointed out.
Lagmay 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.
“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,” he added.
He also underscored the role UP RI will lead in mapping out blueprints for local government units 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.
“Such maps for disaster risk assessment are required in the Philippine Development Plan 2017 – 2022 and are important for unhampered and lasting growth,” he stressed.
The UP NOAH Center under the UP RI will intensify its functions to vigorously make available and offer comprehensible reports necessary for the country’s 144 cities and 1,490 municipalities in accordingly responding to various calamities and facilitate proper vulnerability management in their respective areas of jurisdiction.
According to the World Risk 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 28 July 2016, established the UP RI through Memorandum No. PAEP-16-67. Consequently, NOAH was adopted by the UP during the BOR’s 1325th Meeting on 23 February 2017 and established as a center through Executive Order No. PDLC 17-03 on 21 March 2017.
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