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UPRI Joins the MOVE FORWARD IN DISASTER MANAGEMENT: Operations Research in Disaster Management Plenary Program at the University of Santo Tomas

The Operations Research Society of the Philippines—University of Sto. Tomas (UST) Chapter held the MOVE FORWARD IN DISASTER MANAGEMENT: Operations Research in Disaster Management plenary program at the Thomas Aquinas Research Complex (TARC) Auditorium, UST, Manila last November 8, 2019. A national academic event, the plenary program aimed to equip engineering students of UST with a working knowledge about disaster risk and disaster management to espouse better decision-making. 

The event, entitled MOVE FORWARD IN DISASTER MANAGEMENT: Operations Research in Disaster Management, was organized by the Operations Research Society of the University of Santo Tomas, Manila. Source: ORSP-UST

 Represented by Ms. Julienne Espina, a researcher from the Planning Team, the UPRI discussed how Climate and Disaster Risk Assessment (CDRA) can be used as a method for operations research - a discipline that deals with the application of advanced analytical methods to help improve the quality of decisions about managing scarce and valuable resources.

Set in the context of hazard prone Philippines, Ms. Espina’s presentation focused on how CDRA, a systematic approach in identifying vulnerabilities and risks that enables better understanding of climate change and disasters, is crucial when factoring in disaster risks and vulnerabilities in the decision making process of local government Units (LGUs). Essential when formulating development plans, the mainstreaming of CDRA results is mandated by the Climate Change Act of 2009 or RA No. 9729 and the PDRRM Act of 2010 or RA No. 10121. The UPRI as an institution dedicated to helping LGUs build disaster resilient communities through development planning and science informed decision making has been conducting CDRAs in various towns and cities in the Philippines.

Ms. Espina was awarded a certificate and a token of appreciation from the ORSP-UST. 

The institution seeks to cultivate a culture of preparedness to address the catastrophic impacts of extreme hazard events through open and shared data, probabilistic hazard mapping, and participatory planning—aiming to reduce the vulnerabilities and risks and increase adaptive capacities to build more resilient Filipino communities.

Ms. Espina with the participants and organizers of the MOVE FORWARD IN DISASTER MANAGEMENT: Operations Research in Disaster Management event.