Researchers and scientists of UP Resilience Institute, under the office of the President, joined the 13th Special Course on Urban and Regional Planning: A Basic Course in Urban and Regional Planning (SCURP: ABC in URP) of the School of Urban and Regional Planning (SURP) as lecturers last April 20, 2018 at the SURP Building in UP Diliman — taking into full execution a part of UP RI’s 15-point agenda of “Cascading of knowledge on climate change adaptation and disaster risk and vulnerability..”
In the event, Dr. Mahar Lagmay and Ms. Joy Santiago taught the students of SURP the foundations of Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction and the relationship between the two concepts.
In Dr. Lagmay’s lecture on “Climate Change Adaptation: Concepts and Strategies”, he clarified the difference between the existence of hazards and facing a disaster. He also emphasized the value of climate change adaptation and its impact in planning and how it affects the tools used in presenting and communicating impending disaster risks.
The second lecture, on the other hand, was about “Disaster Risk Reduction: Concepts and Strategies,” Ms. Joy Santiago shared the history of DRR in the Philippines and the different laws that empowered it. Ms. Santiago also equipped the participants with knowledge on the various risk management options. She further explained what constitutes a disaster and the disaster management cycle.
Ms. Joy Santiago also spoke about the relationship between disaster risk reduction and the creation of land use plans, the four pillars of the mitigating plan. and even the role that the UP Resilience Institute and UP NOAH Center play in serving the LGUs in fostering a more resilient Philippines.