UP RI Joins the National Project Meeting and Workshop of DAREMAPS Project

The Disaster Resiliency Mapping of Mission-Critical Infrastructures and Investments of State Universities and Colleges in the Philippines or DAREMAPS Project conducted a national project meeting and workshop from November 6-8, 2019 at La Breza Hotel, Quezon City. Composed of 17 partner SUCs from different parts of the country, the project aimed to achieve the following:

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 Partner State Universities and Colleges and Higher Education Institutions, Source: DAREMAPS Project

  1. Identify and characterize the hazard(s) such as typhoons, floods, earthquakes, landslides, storm surges, tsunami, volcanic eruptions, sea level rise, including cyber threats that threaten the target SUCs/HEIs;
  2. Develop and operationalize a country-wide SUC/HEI Climate Resiliency Database and Information System;
  3. Assess the level of vulnerability and risks to natural, geological, and man-made disasters/threats of the mission-critical infrastructures of the target SUCs/HEIs in the country;
  4. Capacitate the SUCs/HEIs in the design of new resilient infrastructures and in strengthening the resiliency of existing infrastructures;
  5. Mainstream the vulnerability and risk-based information generated in the research to local SUC/HEI Climate Resilient Development Plans; and
  6. Disseminate findings and the experiences generated by the research to other SUCs/HEIs in the country through scientific fora, conferences and publications in refereed technical journals.

Attended by National Government Agencies (NGAs) and the University of the Philippines (UP), three workshop days were allotted to draft accomplishment reports for SUCs/HEIs. This activity was done through collaborative effort among NGAs, UP, and SUCs/HEIs.

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DAREMAPS Project Mentors and Evaluators during the National Project Meeting and Workshop, Source: DAREMAPS Projects

The morning of the last day of the workshop was dedicated to presentations from SUCs. This activity gave participating SUCs time to discuss about brief profiles of their universities, disaster timelines, hazard assessments, exposure database, vulnerability and risk assessment results, technical findings, and recommendations as part of the accomplishment reports they completed during the previous sessions.  

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Dr. Antonio Y. Velasco presenting the flood hazard vulnerability and risk assessment of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

Assessment of vulnerability and risk levels of partner university campuses to ground shaking hazard was also done.  This activity was especially beneficial to the  Sultan Kudarat University which experienced a 6.5 magnitude earthquake last October 31, 2019.  This session also served as a venue for the participants to consult Dr. Rhommel Grutas of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) about techniques and strategies for hazard assessment and possible adaptation measures for their campus.

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Ms. Merry Chrisse Kamad of the Sultan Kudarat University during the panel discussion with Dr. Grutas of PHIVOLCS.

The workshop ended with an awarding ceremony where certificates of appreciation and participation were presented to mentors and evaluators, speakers and participants.

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Natural hazard cluster of the DAREMAPS Project