Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management News

Compilation of latest research news on climate change adaptation/management and disaster risk management

UP RI, NOAH Center in KULÊ’s November 21 Issue

In its issue published and distributed on November 21, KULÊ or the Philippine Collegian -- the official student publication of the University of the Philippines Diliman -- wrote an article about the scope and limitations probing the state support for research and development (R&D).

In this section subtitled “Dodging disasters,” KULÊ expounded on the adoption of NOAH by the UP Resilience Institute, citing that “[NOAH and RI] strive to bolster at-risk communities via multidisciplinary disaster risk reduction (DRR) approaches."

Disaster risk is an unresolved problem of development. If you develop the municipalities, then you can make the country progress without being stopped or blocked by hazards, including climate change impacts,” said UP Resilience Institute Executive Director Dr. Mahar Lagmay.

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 “Working in this vein, UP RI brings together all available inputs not only from science and technology (S&T) but also such disciplines as the humanities, to craft bottom-up interventions for the more vulnerable populations that live under a constant state of precarity,” the writer added.

Grab a copy of the issue and turn to page 7 to read more about this article.

UP RI at the 9th National Climate Change Consciousness Week

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 In celebration of the 9th National Climate Change Consciousness Week which takes place from 20 to 24 November 2017, the Climate Change Commission (CCC) held numerous events at the Sofitel Manila in Pasay City.

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UP RI Executive Director, Dr. Mahar Lagmay (Right) with a UP RI Researcher (Photo by Dumbar Morales)

The UP Resilience Institute (UP RI) was present yesterday at the forum on Local Climate Change Action Planning: Approaches and Good Practices held in the Sunset Pavillon, Sofitel Manila. The event was graced by Senator Loren B. Legarda, CCC Secretary Emmanuel M. De Guzman, Commissioner Noel Antonio Gaerlan, Local Climate Change Adaptation for Development (LCCAD) Inc. Executive Director Manuel C. Rangasa, and UP RI’s Executive Director Dr. Mahar Lagmay.

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CCC Commisioner Noel Gaerlan (Left) with Dr. Mahar Lagmay (Center) and LCCAD Director Manuel C. Rangasa (Right) (Photo by Dumbar Morales)

Another event during the day was the Schools for Resilience (SCORE) Forum where there was a discussion on the incorporation of Disaster Risk and Vulnerability Reduction (DRVR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) knowledge in the K-12 Curriculum. In addition to the participation of the UP RI and LCCAD, DepEd Undersecretary Lorna D. Dino also spoke in front of the audience composed of many public school teachers. Dr. Lagmay also spoke to the teachers later on saying, “With the launch of the national K-12 Curriculum, there will be a new breed of young Filipinos well-versed in CCA and DRVR concepts.”

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CCC Secretary Emmanuel M. De Guzman at the K-12 Climage Change Seminar (Photo by Dumbar Morales)

It was also here that the K-12 DRR CCA-DRR textbook was launched with various speakers demonstrating the content for subjects such as Filipino, English, Math, Science, and Araling Panlipunan (Social Studies).

UP Resilience Institute at the Malaysia Regional Science Policy Dialogue on Science, Technology and Innovation for Bridging DRR and CCA

Putrajaya, Malaysia -- The UP Resilience Institute's Executive Director, Dr. Mahar Lagmay, spoke at the Regional Science Policy Dialogue on Science, Technology and Innovation for Bridging Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation at the Everly Putrajaya, Malaysia last November 16. The main focus of the meeting was the needs of  the region for innovative science products and services that could advance climate change adaptation through disaster risk reduction. The topic on the UP NOAH Center, as a core component of the UP Resilience Institute, was discussed in the second session which tackled "Experiences in Bridging DRR and CCA."

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Event Program for the Regional Science Policy Dialogue on Science, Technology and Innovation for Bridging Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation. Download it here.

It was convened by the Asian Network on Climate Science and Technology (ANCST), UNISDR Asian Science Technology Academia Advisory Committee (ASTAAG) and Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) in conjunction with the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA), Malaysia Meteorological Department (MMD) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Southeast Asia Disaster Prevention Initiative (SEADPRI-UKM).

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The findings of the Dialogue will be documented and disseminated to multiple end-users in the region. It will also serve as the basis for formulating future plans on advancing science, technology and innovation that supports both DRR and CCA in conjunction with public-private participation. The report will be made available on the website of ANCST. Dr. Mahar Lagmay, has been a member of the ANCST’s International Scientific Advisory Committee since 2014.

UP RI meets with MJIIT @ UTM Kuala Lumpur’s DPPC for possible collaboration

November 17, 2017 – Delegates from the Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT) of the Universiti Teknolohi of Malaysia (UTM) Kuala Lumpur visited the University of the Philippines Resilient Institute (UP RI) office for an institutional collaboration and orientation meeting regarding their efforts in their Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Center (DPPC).

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Dr. Shohei Matsuura, Dr. Khamarrul Azahari Razak, and Dr. Muhamad Ali Muhammad Yuzir arranged a meeting with Dr. Emmanuel M. Luna, a UP RI Fellow from the College of Social Work and Community Development who then introduced the foreign visitors to UP RI as the UP link for future collaborations.

Taking from their tagline of “Engineering the Nation with Precision for Sustainable Development,” the MJIIT @ UTM Kuala Lumpur continually aimed to set up an educational Institute in Malaysia offering Japanese Style Engineering Education which gets sustained support from both the Governments of Malaysia and Japan; thus, the establishment of DPPC in 2010.

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The MJIIT @ UTM Kuala Lumpur representatives presented that their mission was to “facilitate national and international collaborations in applied research, training and field practice for disaster resilience in collaboration with Japanese and other partners.”

To even more establish and strengthen the collaboration with UP RI, the delegates had a Skype meeting with UP RI Executive Director Mahar Lagmay who happened to be in Malaysia attending the Training Workshop on the Predictability of Extreme Weather Events.

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Together with UP RI researchers and representatives, the group discussed the objectives of the DPPC which includes the conduct of applied research in promoting technological innovations and building a knowledge database on disaster resilient societies. DPPC also aims to develop highly skilled human resources with state-of-the-art technologies through higher education programmes.

The delegates were also able to present some of their programs in training, research, and their collaborations with JICA and Japanese University Consortium.

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All of the objectives of DPPC are highly aligned with UP RI’s goals especially in practicing field-oriented and evidence-based actions for supporting [DRRM] decision makers and stakeholders. The meeting indeed opens doors for essential partnerships that will pave the way to new and relevant DRRM innovation.

UP NOAH Researchers in Malaysia for Workshop on the Predictability of Extreme Weather Events (Nov 14 – 16, 2017)

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia -- UP NOAH researchers BA Racoma and Lea Dasallas were present in Malaysia this week for a series of events related to Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA).

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Professor Mahar Lagmay (5th from left) and Professor Johnny Chan (6th from left) with the sponsored participants of the program.

The UP NOAH researchers participated in the second Malaysia Window to Cambridge at Univerisiti Kebangsaan Malaysia ([email protected]) Training Workshop on the Predictability of Extreme Weather Events held in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. It was designed to build the capacity of scientists from Malaysia and the region on extreme weather events as well as to serve as a platform for sharing knowledge and views on meteorological services, especially with respect to extreme weather events. Key speakers of the workshop include Professor Lord Julian Hunt, former Chief Executive of the UK Met Office, Professor Johnny Chan internationally renowned expert on typhoons and monsoons, and Dr. Prince Xavier, a climate scientist working on the assessment of model error growth in the Unified Model.

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Participants were selected from an invited pool of applicants. Two researchers of UP NOAH, BA Racoma and Lea Dasallas were selected and granted sponsorships.

The first day of the workshop consisted of regional presentations on extreme weather events, disaster risk reduction practices in the region, and data analytics and presentation. A wide range of topics such as regional rainfall warning levels, air quality in the urban environment, and the effects of urbanization on rainfall were covered. A short and informal tour of the Studio of the Malaysian Meteorological Department was conducted in the middle of the training workshop.

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The Studio office of the Malaysian Meteorological Department.

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A meteorologist of the Malaysian Meteorological Department demonstrating how they present forecasts to the media.

The second day, on the other hand, focused on the complexity of weather forecasts in the ASEAN region, particularly in Malaysia. It covered extreme weather occurrences and general weather patterns that affect these extreme weather occurrences. The day concluded with a business meeting with members of the Asian Network of Climate Science and Technology (ANCST). Dr. Mahar Lagmay, the Executive Director of the UP Resilience Institute, has been a member of the ANCST's International Scientific Advisory Committee Member since 28 February 2014.


Through this event, the UP NOAH Center, as a core component of the UP Resilience Institute, continues to collaborate with like-minded institutions and organizations to improve the country’s capability to prevent and mitigate the potentially disastrous impacts of natural hazards.

UP RI/NOAH Holds Teleconference with UP Campuses for CCA-DRR Initiatives

University of the Philippines Diliman - The UP Resilience Institute (UP RI) and NOAH Center teleconference was held last 20 October 2017 at the conference room of Information Technology Development Center (ITDC) building. Organized and hosted by UP Padayon Director Ma. Crisanta Flores, the activity aimed to discuss the Resilient UP Campuses project and the plans to execute Sen. Loren Legarda’s directive for the UP RI to help the Climate Change Commission (CCC) and lead all State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) to assist municipalities with formulating and completing their Local Climate Change Adaptation Plans (LCCAP).

Representatives from various departments of UP Diliman attended the meeting as well as officials from UP Manila, UP Baguio, UP Los Banos, UP Mindanao, UP Iloilo, and UP Open University.


UP RI would like to thank all of the representatives who extended their valuable time and expressed their interest in helping with the initiatives of UP RI/NOAH. It was clear in the meeting that the UP community was highly enthusiastic to help in the Climate Change Adaptation - Disaster Risk Reduction (CCA-DRR) efforts of the country. With this spirit, our concerted efforts that build on past accomplishments can forge resilience faster, ahead of future catastrophes.

We also extend our sincerest gratitude to the UP Padayon Office and to Executive Vice President Teodoro J. Herbosa for their invitation and valuable insights and contributions to the success of the initiative and activity.  

We hope to see more representatives from the different UP units for the next UP RI/NOAH teleconference sessions. May we work hand in hand in making a more resilient Philippines!