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 communities 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 

Help us build more resilient communities in Bohol with OpenStreetMap!

The UP Resilience Institute (UPRI) was established in 2016 with a mission statement to empower local communities through multidisciplinary research and actions toward resilience. Last year, the UP Resilience Institute Youth Mappers was formally launched under the UPRI with the aim of mapping the communities using volunteered geographic information (VGI) and building the capacities of the local communities in order to fight real world problems such as poverty, disease, hunger, and disasters.

With our new project, “Building Resilient Communities in Bohol Through the Use of OpenStreetMap (OSM)” funded by the TELUS International Community Board, we seek to improve the structures dataset including building footprints and road network and to produce municipal-level risk maps in the province of Bohol through the use of open-source tools such as OSM, QGIS, and WebSAFE that can be used for disaster risk planning and mitigation. OSM and its associated mapping tools are effective at providing rapid support to local government unit efforts in disaster risk reduction and management, including strengthening of contingency plans and risk-sensitive land use plans. 

Having embraced public participation and open data, we collaborate with like-minded organizations to help us improve emergency response and disaster mitigation throughout the country. Part of this effort is to conduct a 2-day OSM training in Bohol and finish the mapping task on HOT Tasking Manager ( The mapping activities will run for 4 months (June-September). We hope to use the OSM data in creating municipal-level disaster risk assessment that can be used by the communities, LGUs, and NGOs. 


OSM Task Bohol


We will be glad if you could join us in mapping the province of Bohol through our mapping task. If you have question/s and concern/s regarding the project, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you so much!

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mel luna Dr. Emmanuel M. Luna is a Professor of Community Development (12) at the College of Social Work and Community Development, (CSWCD) U.P. Diliman. He is a UPRI Fellow and is assisting the UPRI in establishing its Education and Training Office. He is a licensed environmental planner and a Fellow at the Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners. Dr. Luna is a Co-Editor of the Disaster Prevention and Management International Journal, published by Emerald and indexed in Scopus. He finished BS Community Development in 1979 as cum laude, MA and PhD in Urban and Regional Planning in 1986 and 2000, respectively, all in UP Diliman. He was also a United Nations Fellow at the United Nations Center for Regional Development in Nagoya, Japan from November 1989 to May 1990.

Dr. Luna has been in the field of disaster management and disaster risk reduction (DRR) and management since 1990 when the Central Luzon earthquake hit the communities he was working with in Nueva Ecija. He was instrumental in integrating disaster risk reduction and management in the Community Development discipline by developing courses, researches and publications, and public service in government and non-government organizations, communities and people’s organizations. His researches and publications are in the areas of community-based disaster risk reduction and management, disasters and education, local and indigenous knowledge in DRR, disaster accountability platforms and disaster recovery in infrastructures. Dr. Luna received prestigious academic awards such as the 2018 Outstanding Faculty Researcher in CSWCD, the U.P. International Publication Award (8 times), U.P. Centennial Professorial Chair Award (4 times) and the ONE Professorial Chair Award for Outstanding Research and Public Service for 2016-2018. He now sits in the Board of Trustees of the Center for Disaster Preparedness and Operation Compassion and represents the CSWCD as one of the conveners of the Disaster Risk Reduction Network Philippines (DRRNet).


Dr. Emmanuel Luna

Department of Community Development

College of Social Work and Community Development