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 

College of Law

The Board of Regents of the University of the Philippines formally approved the establishment of the College of Law on 21 January 1911. The College however, traces its beginnings to the law courses opened in 1910 by the Educational Department Committee of the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), through the effort of George A. Malcolm who was later to become the first permanent dean of the College.

In June 1911, the College was formally opened with first and second year classes. There was a total of 125 students comprising freshmen and sophomores, the latter numbering fifty when they started the YMCA school. Of this first law class one became a President of the Philippines, another, a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, while several others became legislation and legal luminaries.

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