In his speech at the UP RI Launch last 20 June 2017, United Nations Senior Global Champion on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction (CCA- DRR); Philippine Green Economist; and 2nd District of Albay Representative Joey Sarte Salceda emphasized the role of the UP Resilience Institute and the NOAH Center in Philippine development.
He highlighted his experiences in Albay as a source of knowledge in facing the threats of climate change and the institution that was established as the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office as a vigilant pillar in DRR in the province.
Enhanced by the science-based approach and products of the UP NOAH Center, citizens are encouraged to be self-reliant in times of potential disaster — a critical part of resilience and resilient communities.
“At kahit ultimo pong Barangay Tanod sa Albay, alam po nila kung ano ang link ng NOAH at kung paano ito gamitin,” Rep. Salceda said.
(Even a Barangay Tanod in Albay, they know the link of NOAH and how to use it.)
“Kung dati ay naa-achieve namin ang zero casualty na hindi po ganoon ka-science-based, ngayon sa paggamit po ng siyensiya ay mas nakatipid po ang probinsya ng Albay at iyong resources na na-free-up po ay nagamit po namin para sa development-inducing na mga programa po ng aming probinsiya.”
(If we achieved zero casualty that was not too science-based before, now, with the use of science, the province of Albay was able to free up resources to be used for programs that induced development.)
As the Vice Chairman for the House of Representatives’ Climate Change Committee, he pledged to support the UP Resilience Institute, the UP NOAH Center, and Senator Legarda’s policies that will uphold CCA and DRR in the country.