UPRI participates in the 2nd APRU-IRIDeS Campus Safety Workshop

Sendai, JAPAN -- UP Baguio Vice-Chancellor for Administration Dr. Jessica Cariño and UP Resilience Institute researchers Lia Anne Gonzalo and Francesca Llanes attended the 2nd APRU-IRIDeS Campus Safety Workshop last 3-4 April, 2018 at the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) in Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan.


Addressing the theme “Workshop on Building Disaster Resistant Universities: Is your University ready for the next Natural Disaster?,” the participants immersed in series of lectures and field visit to three sites affected by the 11 March 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.


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The workshop was attended by nine (9) participating institutions and universities within the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU). Representatives from Tohoku University, University of Indonesia, Technologico de Monterrey, Sichuan University, National University of Singapore, Tsinghua University, National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction in Taiwan, and The University of Sydney presented their respective universities’ disaster risk and reduction management programmes.



Dr. Jessica Cariño presented the case for UP Baguio, with the establishment of a Knowledge and Training Resource Center for Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction (KTRC). Lia Anne Gonzalo and Francesca Llanes presented the ongoing Resilient Campuses project of the UPRI, as well as sample hazard maps of some of the UP campuses.

The participants were divided into groups to discuss each of the following points:

  • What worked and didn’t work on the response experiences of each university;
  • Major issues and challenges in strengthening preparedness capacity; and
  • The development of a minimum checklist for campus safety.



Plenary discussions followed the group presentations to come up with a synthesis of the ideas that were brought up and discussed. Deliberations on what to include in the minimum checklist for campus safety concluded with a preamble that answers what, when, where, when, why, and how this checklist will be done.

The main points discussed by each group were collated by APRU-IRIDeS and will be grouped according to the following 6 areas: Policy/governance, risk management, infrastructure readiness/preparedness, awareness training/education, physical/psychological aid, and lessons learnt. A preliminary checklist will then be sent to the participants for them to share and use for their respective institutions and universities.



The workshop will substantially help UPRI in strengthening strategies and policies in the implementation of UP Resilient Campuses Project.