Scientists and researchers of the UP Resilience Institute (UPRI) under the UP Office of the President, together with the campus engineers, administrative officials, and building administrators of University of the Philippines Baguio, worked hand in hand in finishing the field surveys for the campus last 28-29 February.
The Resilient Campuses Project of UPRI aims to help create a comprehensive disaster management contingency plan to address UP campuses’ vulnerability to natural hazards. This project intends to take off from previous and existing plans and improve them by using the latest technology and the best methodologies; thus enacting the all-inclusive data gathering of UPRI researchers and scientists one campus at a time.
The team, guided by Campus Engineer Mar Gonzales and the staff of UPB Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, had split into two groups – for mapping building footprints, and for hazards assessment around the campus.
For mapping the building footprints of every infrastructure built in UP Baguio, the team members interviewed the building administrators about the materials used in each building, their efforts in long term maintenance planning, and their implementation of maintenance works, among others. Meanwhile, the hazards assessment team went around the campus for soil samples and field validations.
The team also met with UPB Chancellor Dr. Raymundo D. Rovillos who expressed his gratitude for the organization’s efforts.
The UP Resilience Campuses project aims to develop better strategies specific to the higher education units of the University of the Philippines campuses. This new and improved plan will cover the entire scope disaster risk management, from the identification of the risks all the way to recovering from disasters.