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Scoping Workshop in the Role of Academia in Policymaking for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Action

The University of the Philippines Resilience Institute (UP RI) conducted a scoping workshop at the Carillon Hall of Microtel, UP Technohub last Tuesday, February 27, 2019. It was entitled “Scoping Workshop in the Role of Academia in Policymaking for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Action”. It was headed by Dr. Kristoffer B. Berse, an assistant professor from the National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG).

The workshop aimed to achieve the following objectives:

  1. To map out the involvement of UP faculty and, where possible, interaction among them, in support of policymaking for DRR and climate action;
  2. To take stock of mechanisms by which said "experts" provide policy advice—in one form or another—to the government;
  3. To identify issues and challenges pertinent to academe-government policy engagement; and
  4. To draw lessons and come up with recommendations to strengthen academia’s role in policymaking for DRR and climate action.

The workshop was opened by Dr. Alfredo Mahar Lagmay, the Executive Director of UP RI, professor from National Institute of Geological Sciences and followed by the welcoming remarks of Dr. Elena E. Pernia, the Vice-President for Public Affairs, and concurrently the former dean of the College of Mass Communication. Also participating were almost 40 professors from the different UP campuses. A video with a speech from Dr. Rajib Shaw, a Keio University professor, Chair of the UN ISDR Science Technology Advisory Group, and Co-Chair of Asia Science Technology Academia Advisory Group was also shown.

After this, the participants continued to the network mapping activity where each faculty introduced themselves in order to connect with each other. In the afternoon, they were divided into four groups and then proceeded to have the parallel small group discussions. During the discussion, the participants shared issues and concerns pertaining to academe-government policy engagement. Moreover, an inspirational message was conveyed by the former executive director of UPRI, Dr. Benito Pacheco. Lastly, everyone pledged their full commitment to the advocacy of the UP RI. The workshop was concluded with a message of Dr. Maria Fe Villamor-Mendoza, the dean of UP-NCPAG. Overall the workshop was insightful and full of optimism.

 

Dr. Mahar Lagmay giving opening remarks
Dr. Mahar Lagmay giving opening remarks

 

A welcome remarks from Dr. Elena C. Pernia
A welcome remarks from Dr. Elena C. Pernia

 

Guest Speaker - Rajib Shaw
Guest Speaker - Rajib Shaw

 

Health Break - From left to right (Dr. Mahar Lagmay, Jonnifer Sinogaya and Dr. Genaro Cuaresma)
Health Break - From left to right (Dr. Mahar Lagmay, Jonnifer Sinogaya and Dr. Genaro Cuaresma)

 

Dr. Kristoffer Berse discussing the Program Overview
Dr. Kristoffer Berse discussing the Program Overview

 

Dr. Mahar Lagmay connecting himself to the people he worked with in DRR
Dr. Mahar Lagmay connecting himself to the people he worked with in DRR

 

Small group discussion about scoping of academe-government policy engagement
Small group discussion about scoping of academe-government policy engagement

 

Participants identifying the role of each department
Participants identifying the role of each department

 

Dr. Josefina Tuazon sharing the issues, challenges they have encountered and their recommendation
Dr. Josefina Tuazon sharing the issues, challenges they have encountered and their recommendation

 

Inspirational Message from the former Executive Director of UPRI Dr. Benny Pacheco
Inspirational Message from the former Executive Director of UPRI Dr. Benny Pacheco

 

Participants wrote their pledge in Commitment Wall
Participants wrote their pledge in Commitment Wall

 

Closing Remarks delivered by Dr. Maria Fe Villamejor
Closing Remarks delivered by Dr. Maria Fe Villamejor