UP RI participated in a Workshop on the Resilience City

On June 27, 2019, representatives from the UP Resilience Institute (UP RI) participated in the workshop on Resilience City—Learnable and Replicable from a Real Case of Kaohsiung. The said workshop was organized by the National University of Kaohsiung in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank. It was attended by faculty members and research fellows from selected academic institutions in the Philippines; disaster risk management institutions, local government units, and community development workers.

Delegates from the universities in Kaohsiung City as well as non-government organizations shared their knowledge, experiences, and best practices on disaster-resilience and sustainability.
A few delegates from selected academic institutions in the Philippines were invited to be discussants on the four sessions of the workshop which tackled the role of culture enrichment in disaster risk reduction and management, particularly in disaster rehabilitation; water management; the role of the academe; and energy conservation. One of the presenters from the first session discussed how they applied one of cultural song and dance to help the villagers recuperate after Typhoon Morakot devastated the Xiaolin Village in 2009. Another initiative was the creation of a business model which aimed to benefit the community by utilizing indigenous plants which were processed into a drink in which a certain percentage of the proceeds went to the funding for rehabilitation projects in the community. 

The second session focused on water management. Dr. Wu, a faculty of NUK, presented theircollaboration with the government of Kaohsiung City which produced flood detention basins to store floodwater and serve as recreation areas which the community can enjoy during the dry season. The city also invested on water treatment facility to conserve water. Dr. Kristoffer Berse, UP RI Director for Research, served as the discussant on this session. He noted that these initiatives would also benefit the country if adopted especially since Kaohsiung and the Philippines share a similar climate. He also noted that this session opens for a discourse on the creation of the proposed Department of Water—a separate department for water-related concerns to prevent a repeat of the water service interruption experienced recently by parts of Metro Manila and Rizal province.

On the third session, Dr. Eing Ming Wu of the Shu-Te University shared how they capacitated the Li Captains of their city by helping them achieve a Master’s Degree of Management. The Li Captains, being equivalent to barangay captains in the Philippines, play a large role in dealing with the members of their village. Using their practical and acquired knowledge from their master’s degree, they were able to engage their respective villages in sustainable practices. Dr. Wu encouraged the academic institutions to help the local government units by capacitating them with technical skills to better govern their community.

True to the mandate under the Special Provision in the General Appropriations Act of 2018 and 2019, UP RI is tasked along with other state universities and colleges to support the Climate Change Commission (CCC) in the training of local government units (LGUs) to formulate and complete their respective local development plans, and to empower LGUs with science-based information and technologies for development planning that includes Climate and Disaster Risk Assessment (CDRA) using multi-scenario and probabilistic hazard models. It is therefore the duty of the UPRI to assist LGUs in planning for their localities by capacitating them with tools and skills necessary to the conduct of CDRA.

 

Figure 1. The delegates of the workshop listening to the presentation on water management

 Figure 1. The delegates of the workshop listening to the presentation on water management

 

 Figure 2. Delegates while lining up for a photo documentation

Figure 2. Delegates while lining up for a photo documentation

 

 Figure 3. Dr. Kris Berse summarizing the presentations of the second session

 Figure 3. Dr. Kris Berse summarizing the presentations of the second session

 

 Figure 4. Dr. Berse receives his token of appreciation handed by the NUK President

Figure 4. Dr. Berse receives his token of appreciation handed by the NUK President

 

Figure 5. Representative of the Naga City shares their experience on disaster risk reduction and management

Figure 5. Representative of the Naga City shares their experience on disaster risk reduction and management