The UP Resilience Institute

The UP Resilience Institute was established as a proactive hub of benchmark innovative information vital to the nation's efforts in climate change mitigation and adaptation. Its mission is to empower local communiites through multidisciplinary actions toward resilience.

As a response through its Memorandum No. PAEP-16-67, the University of the Philippines Board of Regents (BOR) approved on 28 July 2016 the establishment of the University of the Philippines Resilience Institute (UP RI) to have the following functions and programs concerning multi-hazard, multidisciplinary, multisectoral, comprehensive disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM):

Research and Creative Work: undertake policy research, action research and interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary research or creative work
Knowledge Sharing: disseminate research findings, creative works and innovations
Education: establish non-degree educational programs and support degree programs within the UP System
Institute Building: improve the capability of the UP System as an agent of change for disaster resilience in the Philippines and the Pacific Rim region.

Special Provision in the 2018 General Appropriations Act:

 The University of the Philippines Resilience Institute UP RI together with other state universities and colleges shall support the Climate Change Commission in training LGUs to formulate and complete Local


The UP NOAH Center

The UP NOAH Center is the core component of the UP Resilience Institute. It was formally adopted by the University of the Philippines during the Board of Regents 1325th meeting on February 23, 2017 as a research center for climate actions and disaster risk reduction and management. An Executive Order signed by UP President Danilo L. Concepcion, (EO PLDC 17-03), established the NOAH Center as a research institute in the UP System.

The vital role of UP NOAH’s work is producing freely accessible, accurate, reliable, and relevant scientific disaster data. It also highlights a multidisciplinary approach in assessing risk and using the lens of different scientific areas. This ensures that Filipinos are provided an integrative appraisal of the natural hazards that put them in danger.

"UP NOAH Center's benefits go far beyond its research value. It has literally been a lifesaver for millions of Filipinos threatened by natural disasters like floods, landslides, and storm surges. It deserves a new lease on life, and UP is happy to welcome it into its fold." - UP President Danilo L. Concepcion 

LL.M. Climate Change and Energy Law and Policy

University of Dundee (United Kingdom)

Following the growing global urgency to mitigate and adapt to climate change, the University of Dundee’s Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP), has introduced a full-time Masters of Law in Climate Change and Energy Law and Policy. In 2008, the UK introduced the world’s first long-term legally binding framework to tackle climate change. Other countries are also developing and introducing climate change policy and regulations. This 12-month LLM focuses on the development and application of climate change legislation and regulation and its impact on energy reform.

Website: http://www.mastersportal.eu/studies/25341/climate-change-and-energy-law-and-policy.html

News and Insights

UPRI, CCC, and CVCCC work together for a resilient and climate-smart Cagayan Valley

11, May 2018 / The UP Resilience Institute

Tuguegarao City – A final workshop was held last May 3, 2018 at the Cagayan State University (CSU) to conclude...

UPRI, CCC, and Iloilo Provincial Gov’t push for Iloilo as CCA hub

10, May 2018 / The UP Resilience Institute

Iloilo City – As Project ReBUILD (Resilience Capacity Building for Cities and Municipalities and Natural Hazards) came into completion in...

UPRI joins SURP’S 13th Special Course on Urban and Regional Planning

27, April 2018 / The UP Resilience Institute

Researchers and scientists of UP Resilience Institute, under the office of the President, joined the 13th Special Course on Urban and Regional...

UPRI, NCPAG Prof calls for New Ways of Viewing Disaster Resilience

13, April 2018 / The UP Resilience Institute

BONTOC, Mountain Province -- As part of the International Forum on Innovations for Indigenous Peoples’ Empowerment and Social Transformation,  UP National College...

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bagtasaDr. Gerry Bagtasa is an atmospheric scientist currently teaching in the Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology (UP - IESM). He received his doctorate degree in the field of atmospheric physics / atmospheric remote sensing in Chiba University, Japan. Before that, he got his bachelor and masters degree, both major in physics, from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines.

He developed and currently runs Weather Manila which provides pin-point local weather information for any place on land or sea in the Philippines. The website became online on June of 2012 after almost a year of testing. Weather Manila aims to deliver up-to-date, accurate and detailed weather information of cities in the Philippines as a supplement to the national weather bureau's (PAGASA) weather forecast.

Dr. Gerry Bagtasa

College of Science | UP Diliman
Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology
Associate Professor