“Probabilistic is just a word but it means life and death, it means everything for Philippine development.”
That is just one of the many statements that Mr. EJ Pangilinan of the UP Resilience Institute shared to the owners and employees of micro, small and medium enterprises, as well as safety officers, building administrators, and administrative officers from the University of the Philippines Institute for Small-Scale Industries (UP ISSI).
The UP ISSI conducted the 1st Honing Agents for National Disaster Awareness (HANDA) course last March 20 to March 22, 2018. The course aimed to raise awareness on the impact of disasters and the importance of disaster preparedness in the workplace. It is also to engage the participants in a public discourse to promote a cultural and behavioral change towards disaster risk management.
As part of the program, Mr. Pangilinan conducted a lecture about the UP Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (UP
NOAH) and the disaster preparedness initiatives of the UP Resilience Institute (UPRI),, under the Office of the President. He emphasized the importance of probabilistic maps in the planning and development of our municipalities and communities.
During the open forum portion of the course, Mr. Pangilinan encouraged the participants to visit UP
NOAH’s website so that they could become familiar with the data and experience its usefulness.