Construction for the New UPRI Home Officially Starts in a Groundbreaking Ceremony Held at UP Diliman
Attended by officials from the Government and the University of the Philippines (UP) System as well as partners from within and outside UP, the construction of the University Resilience Institute (UPRI) building officially commenced on the 25th of September, 2019 in a ground breaking ceremony. Expected to rise at the lot which used to be occupied by the Villadolid Hall, the new home for the UPRI will be the tallest building in the UP Diliman Campus. It will house the existing UPRI staff and is expected to be the central hub for UPRI fellows from across all UP campuses.
“We can't do resilience alone. If we put together our efforts, collaborate, we can do more. That's what UPRI is all about. It is all about us. We cannot address our disaster problems if we don't work together.” - Mahar Lagmay, Executive Director for the University of the Philippines Resilience Institute
The construction of the UPRI building marks a significant milestone in the Resilience Institute's journey. Currently housed at the National Institute of Geological Sciences, the space a new building would provide shall allow the UPRI to expand operations by the sheer fact that the additional space would be able to accommodate more man power and equipment. The expansion in terms of space is also expected to ease the integration of various disciplines and fields of studies into the pursuit of resilience building. The new UPRI building is envisioned to serve as a central space where people involved in climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (CCA-DRR) can convene. It will be a hub for CCA-DRR collaborators, where people can work together to address problems.
The 10 storey high UPRI building is expected to be fully constructed by 2021.