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PRESS RELEASE | Official Launch of UP Resilience Institute with integration of UP NOAH


UP Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH) Center as core

22 May 2017

The revitalized University of the Philippines Resilience Institute (UP RI), with the integration of the UP National Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH) Center as its core component, will formally be launched on 20 June 2017 as a proactive hub providing benchmark innovative information vital in lifesaving climate change actions and disaster risk reduction efforts.

According to UP RI Executive Director Mahar Lagmay, the institute will be an inclusive multi-disciplinary approach by the university system to produce effective and efficient capacity building programs which are essential in forming sustainable development plans that will benefit all Filipinos, especially the poor and other marginalized sectors.

“The UP RI believes that the long-term solution to our country’s disaster problems will be best achieved through the collaborative competent contributions of not only Science and Technology, but Arts and Humanities as well,” Lagmay pointed out.

Lagmay vowed that progressive scientific research, with the full utilization of state-of-the-art equipment and technology, by the UP RI will ensure accurate, reliable, understandable and timely data that is open and free to the public at all times.

“Empowered communities, which constantly remained as the fundamental and uncompromised goal of NOAH, proved to be instrumental in averting more than 15 potentially fatal calamities since 2012,” he added.

He also underscored the role UP RI will lead in mapping out blueprints for local government units on implementing genuine progress as they address and overcome the challenges of future catastrophes.

For the past five years, NOAH has cultivated competence thus excellence by training science experts yielding dependable comprehensive output and appropriately disseminating probabilistic multi-scenario-based multi hazard maps.

“Such maps for disaster risk assessment are required in the Philippine Development Plan 2017 – 2022 and are important for unhampered and lasting growth,” he stressed.

The UP NOAH Center under the UP RI will intensify its functions to vigorously make available and offer comprehensible reports necessary for the country’s 144 cities and 1,490 municipalities in accordingly responding to various calamities and facilitate proper vulnerability management in their respective areas of jurisdiction.

According to the World Risk Report of 2016, the Philippines ranked third among the 171 countries with the highest levels of disaster risks. As a response, the UP Board of Regents (BOR), during its 1319th Meeting on 28 July 2016, established the UP RI through Memorandum No. PAEP-16-67. Consequently, NOAH was adopted by the UP during the BOR’s 1325th Meeting on 23 February 2017 and established as a center through Executive Order No. PDLC 17-03 on 21 March 2017.

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UP Exhibits Resilience Portal at the IDDR 2016 Culminating Activity in Makati

UP Exhibits Resilience Portal at the IDDR 2016 Culminating Activity in Makati

The University of the Philippines showcased Resilience Portal, an online hub featuring UP's experts and resources on climate change adaptation and/or mitigation and disaster risk management, during the International Day For Disaster Reduction (IDDR) 2016 Culminating Activity, with the theme “Live to Tell: Reducing Global Mortality,” held last 13 October 2016 at Makati City Hall.

Marielle Antonio from the UP System Office of the Vice President for Public Affairs presented the Resilience Online Hub, its features focusing on the database of UP experts and researches on climate change adaptation and/or mitigation and disaster risk management, its development, challenges, and growth, up to its launching as well as its audience summary. 

Resilience, short for Resources for Science-Informed Literacy and Engagement towards Building Community Resilience, was created in pursuance with the Memorandum of Agreement signed between UP and the Climate Change Commission in June 2013.

The objective of the said Culminating Activity was to “bring together practitioners and stakeholders in the DRR aspect for exchange of intellects on what has been achieved and what needs to be done in the practice of DRRM.”

Makati DRRM Officer Richard Rodriguez delivered an overview of the IDDR 2016 celebration that highlighted the Sendai Seven Campaign, and the previous Step Up Campaign under the Hyogo Framework.

Smart Communications presented an interactive play and dance dubbed “Maging Laging Handa”.

Ms. Susana Juangco from the Office of Civil Defense discussed the "Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) in the Philippines: Strategies for Implementation". She tackled the strategies for each of the target as well as the priorities for action.

Edward Udtohan from the Philippine Red Cross Makati Branch – Rizal Chapter, highlighted the Red Cross 143’s success in providing emergency services to the barangay residents. At present, there are 143 chapters in the 33 barangays in Makati.

UP-RESILIENCE website launched at the 2nd President’s Toast

The UP-RESILIENCE online portal was officially introduced by Dr. J. Prospero E. De Vera III, Vice President for Public Affairs, at the 2nd President’s Toast held on July 5 at the Bulwagan ng Dangal, UP Main Library.

RESILIENCE, which stands for REsources for Science-Informed Literacy and ENgagement towards Building Community ResiliencE, is a web-based knowledge hub intended to serve as a platform to facilitate the dissemination and utilization of UP’s collective knowledge and expertise in climate change adaptation and mitigation and disaster risk management. Resources in this website may be used for awareness-raising, policymaking, teaching, capacity-building, and research.

The project is a product of the joint strategic planning workshop conducted by UP and the Climate Change Commission (CCC) in pursuit of the Memorandum of Agreement signed between the two institutions in June 2013.

Through this portal, we hope to create an important collaboration among institutions of learning and NGOs to work together to encourage, help and support each other in the goals of mitigating emissions and disaster risks,” said Sec. Emmanuel G. de Guzman, Vice Chair and Executive Director of the CCC, in his congratulatory message welcoming the initiative.

Since its softlaunching on April 22, the website has generated 8,229 page views, 2,191 sessions and has now a total of 1,600 users worldwide.

UP President Alfredo Pascual (6th from left) together with the project team, partner representatives, and selected UP experts, namely, Prof. Nelson Cainghog (UP-Padayon), Dr. Porfirio Alino (UP-MSI), Agnes Balota (GIZ), Donna Sanidad (CCC), Marielle Antonio (UP-Padayon), Dr. Popoy de Vera (UP Vice-President for Public Affairs), Dr. Laura David (UP-MSI), Dr. Kristoffer Berse (UP-NCPAG and project leader), and Dr. Jorge Ebay (UP-Visayas). 

Photo by: Misael Bacani

Undersecretary and National Coast Watch Center Executive Director Jose Luis Alano, CCC Knowledge Management Strategy Manager Donna Sanidad, Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Senior Advisor Agnes Balota, members of the UP Board of Regents, officials of the UP system and the different campus units, UP experts and staff involved in the different projects of the university graced the occasion.

Aside from the RESILIENCE portal, other high-impact initiatives launched during the President’s Toast were the OSU Manual of Operations, CIDS’ National Marine Policy Review and Strategic Direction, UP-Padayon’s Award for Excellence in Public Service, and the post-activity report of the OVPPA-initiated Halalan 2016 project.

Philippine Cities Need to be Learning and Resilient

In an era of climate change and disasters, local governments in developing countries need to be both “learning cities” and “resilient cities”.

This was the assessment presented by UP Professors Prospero de Vera and Ranjit Rye in their paper entitled “E-resilience for Disaster Risk Management in a Developing State: the Philippine Case” during the 13th PASCAL International Conference on Learning Cities held at the University of Glasgow recently.

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Message from Secretary Emmanuel G. de Guzman, Vice Chair and Executive Director of the Climate Change Commission

Mainstreaming Climate Resilience in the Academic Community

By Secretary Emmanuel G. de Guzman
Vice Chair and Executive Director
Climate Change Commission

The Paris Climate Agreement underscores the unprecedented crisis that the world confronts. How individual citizens and nations respond to this crisis will determine not only our ability to sustain societies but the common destiny of humankind.

It is therefore imperative that our institutions of learning reorient academic programs to be relevant to the challenges of climate change. Higher education has an obligation to lead in creating the broadest possible understanding of the environmental perils that we face in the 21st Century and what we must do to sustain our planet’s ecosystems and diversity of life for future generations.

RESILIENCE is a special project by the University of the Philippines, the Climate Change Commission and Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Germany’s leading provider of international cooperation services.

Essentially, this project recognizes the need to improve climate literacy and broaden public understanding of climate science and disaster risk reduction (DRR). There is, in fact, an urgent need for research on effective methods of DRR and climate change education and communication in our country.

Through this portal, we also hope to create an important collaboration among institutions of learning and NGOs to work together to encourage, help and support each other in the goals of mitigating emissions and disaster risks.

We are confident that greater knowledge, information and service-learning activities for students will ultimately assist local communities, NGOs and the business sector toward these goals.

UP Showcases Resilience Portal at DRR Fair and Summit in Cebu

The University of the Philippines unveils UP-RESILIENCE, an online hub featuring UP's expertise and resources on climate change and disaster risk management, at the 1st Cebu Summit and Learning Event on Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction and DRR Info Fair Exhibition 2016, which runs from May 20 to 24, 2016 at SM Seaside Cebu. Short for Resources for Science-Informed Literacy and Engagement towards Building Community Resilience, this initiative is a flagship project of the UP Office of the Vice-President for Public Affairs under Dr. J. Prospero de Vera III, in support of the Memorandum of Agreement signed between UP and the Climate Change Commission in June 2013. 

The UP-RESILIENCE booth features a demonstration of the RESILIENCE website for visitors to freely navigate. The booth also has a side online competition where participants can upload photos with a climate change-related "hugot" to win prizes from UP and its partners. Visitors will likewise get the chance to play and bring home Resilience: Survive and Thrive, a tabletop card game developed by the UP-Marine Science Institute to raise awareness on the intersecting nexus of environment, disasters and development. 
The DRR Info Fair Exhibition puts emphasis on inclusive DRR by highlighting accessibility for PWDs, women, and children, with participants from various civic society organizations, local government units, and academic institutions. The event is co-organized by the Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and A2D Project—Research Group for Alternatives to Development Inc. with funding support from Arbeiter-Samariter- Bund (ASB) and Aktion Deutschland Hilft (ADH). 

If you are in the area, drop by the Cube Wing of SM Seaside Cebu to check out the UP-RESILIENCE booth. For more information, you may also check the UP-RESILIENCE website at at