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Rep. Joey Salceda: Resilience and development needs Science

In his speech at the UP RI Launch last 20 June 2017, United Nations Senior Global Champion on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction (CCA- DRR); Philippine Green Economist; and 2nd District of Albay Representative Joey Sarte Salceda emphasized the role of the UP Resilience Institute and the NOAH Center in Philippine development.

He highlighted his experiences in Albay as a source of knowledge in facing the threats of climate change and the institution that was established as the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office as a vigilant pillar in DRR in the province.

Enhanced by the science-based approach and products of the UP NOAH Center, citizens are encouraged to be self-reliant in times of potential disaster — a critical part of resilience and resilient communities.

At kahit ultimo pong Barangay Tanod sa Albay, alam po nila kung ano ang link ng NOAH at kung paano ito gamitin,” Rep. Salceda said.

(Even a Barangay Tanod in Albay, they know the link of NOAH and how to use it.)

Kung dati ay naa-achieve namin ang zero casualty na hindi po ganoon ka-science-based, ngayon sa paggamit po ng siyensiya ay mas nakatipid po ang probinsya ng Albay at iyong resources na na-free-up po ay nagamit po namin para sa development-inducing na mga programa po ng aming probinsiya.

(If we achieved zero casualty that was not too science-based before, now, with the use of science, the province of Albay was able to free up resources to be used for programs that induced development.)

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As the Vice Chairman for the House of Representatives’ Climate Change Committee, he pledged to support the UP Resilience Institute, the UP NOAH Center, and Senator Legarda’s policies that will uphold CCA and DRR in the country.

Read Rep. Salceda’s full speech hereWatch Rep. Salceda’s speech hereThis article is originally published in UP NOAH webpage. 

Sen. Loren Legarda: Science is Crucial

Senator Loren Legarda, the current Chairwoman of the Climate Change Oversight Committee of the Senate, was the keynote speaker during the UP Resilience Institute  launch last 20 June 2017.

In her speech, Sen. Legarda specifically stated that UP NOAH has been instrumental in improving disaster preparedness in the country.  She added that NOAH has been “very helpful particularly in providing accurate information and timely warnings to [Philippine] agencies and communities.”

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She stated that she is glad that NOAH is now integrated within the UP Resilience Institute.

“The role of the UP Resilience Institute is crucial here. I envision this to be a center for topnotch research on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. Not only will it be a primary source of climate information, it will also disseminate information and essential tools for the public, especially the local government units (LGUs),” she added.

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Senator Legarda ensures that climate change, including adaptation and disaster risk reduction, is addressed as a national priority and considered in policy-making.

Read Sen. Legarda’s full keynote speech here. Watch Sen. Legarda’s speech here. This article is originally published on UP NOAH webpage. 

UP formally unveils Resilience Institute with NOAH as core component

By: LCCAD Media Presence

MANILA, Philippines, June 20 — The University of the Philippines Resilience Institute (UP-RI) was formally re-launched Tuesday (June 20, 2017) at the Bahay ng Alumni, the UP Diliman campus in Quezon City, highlighting the integration of National Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH) as its core component. The event was participated in and is actively supported by the Local climate Change Adaptation for Development (LCCAD) led by Executive Director Nong C. Rangasa and the 2nd Congressional Office headed by UN First Senior Global Champion for Climate Change Adaptation/Disaster Risk & Vulnerability Reduction, Philippine Green Economist, Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda.

The launch was spearheaded by UP President Danny Concepcion together with UP-RI Executive Director Alfredo Mahar Francisco A. Lagmay and was also graced by Senate Climate Change Committee chair and United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction UNISDR Global Champion for Resilience, Senator Loren Legarda.

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Salceda said in his speech “Kung dati po, kahit nakikita naming sa satellite na merong paparating na isang hazard, subalit sa ngayon sa pamamagitan po ng NOAH, kami po ay nakapag tipid. Yon po siguro ang pinakamalaking kina ibahan. Kung dati na achieve naming ang zero casualty na hindi ganon ka-science based, ngayon sa gamit po ng syensiya, mas lalong nakatipid po ang probinsiya ng Albay….maliban po sa pagiging accessible sa lahat, at madali pong ituro sa ating ordinaryong tao pati na sa mga bgy tanod ay kaya po nilang gamitin ito upang mai ‘save’ nila ang sariling buhay. Sa dami po ng buhay na na save namin dun sa Albay…ang mga tao po ay nagkaroon ng tiwala sa gobyerno kaya po sabay sabay naming nagawa na maibaba ang aming poverty incidence at hindi po magagawa yan kung hindi po hahabulin ang zero casualty. Sana po ang ating UP-RI at ang NOAH Center na ibinubunsod nila ang zero casualty, maging isang haligi po sa ating lipunan. Para sa akin po, napaka importante po na ang ating UP-RI at NOAH Center ay klaro sa kanilang gusting gawin at yon po ay ang zero casualty during time of disasters dahil ang meaning naman po talaga ng resilience is the strategy so that development can proceed amidst all the risks.”

Likewise, in her inspiring and assuring speech, Senator Legarda said “I have committed to help the UP Resilience Institute to equip you not just for the building, not just with the equipment, not just with the personnel needed but most important- to be able to connect you with all our agencies of the government so that all of the studies, maps and everything that they’ve done in all these years should be given to you, lent to you, made accessible to you so that with your information, you will be able to do not just early warning but actually project the impact of natural hazards on our local, rural, vulnerable populace.”

For his part, Lagmay revealed and pointed out “ang disaster data at impormasyon ay dapat libre, accessible sa lahat. Ito po ang tinatawag na ‘open data.’ Pag sinabi mong open data ay dapat open data. Ito po ay kinakailangan sa panahon ng emergencies, data should be accessible at libre. Aanhin po ang datos at impormasyon kung hindi ito aabot sa tao kung kalian ito kinakailangan?”

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LCCAD Executive Director Nong C. Rangasa, a staunch exponent of the Resilience Institute, said that the UP-RI is an inclusive multi-disciplinary approach by the university system to produce effective and efficient capacity building programs which are essential in forming sustainable development plans that will benefit all Filipinos, especially the poor and other marginalized and vulnerable sectors. Rangasa said he agrees with Lagmay and the UP RI’s belief that the long-term solution to our country’s disaster problems will be best achieved through the collaborative competent contributions of not only Science and Technology, but Arts and Humanities as well.

The LCCAD, which is a prime-mover in the 2017 Leagues of Municipalities/Cities of the Philippines (LMP/LCP) national roll-out training-workshops on the formulation of Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP)/Barangay Contingency & Recovery Plan (BCRP) that has so far trained more than 500 out of 1,700 LGUS in the Philippines, partners with Lagmay who vowed that progressive scientific research, with the full utilization of state-of-the-art equipment and technology, by the UP RI will ensure accurate, reliable, understandable and timely data that is open and free to the public at all times, also through the website and android application.

“Empowered communities, which constantly remained as the fundamental and uncompromised goal of NOAH, proved to be instrumental in averting more than 15 potentially fatal calamities since 2012,” Lagmay said.

In response to LCCAD’s advocacy for a science & risk-based approach, a well-developed LCCAP and risk assessment to enhance Comprehensive Land Use & Development Plan (CLUDP), Lagmay underscored the role of UP RI lead in mapping out blueprints for Local Government Units (LGUs) on implementing genuine progress as they address and overcome the challenges of future catastrophes.

For the past 5 years, NOAH has cultivated competence thus excellence by training science experts yielding dependable comprehensive output and appropriately disseminating probabilistic multi-scenario-based multi-hazard maps. Along with this, the LCCAD has also vigorously been strengthening LGUs foundations through LCCAP/BCRP trainings.

“Such maps for disaster risk assessment are required in the Philippine Development Plan 2017 – 2022 and are important for unhampered and lasting growth,” Lagmay explained.

The UP NOAH Center under the UP RI will intensify its function to robustly make available and offer comprehensive reports necessary for the country’s 144 cities and 1,490 municipalities and 81 provinces in accordingly responding to various calamities and facilitate proper vulnerability management in their respective area of jurisdiction. According to the World Bank Report of 2016, the Philippines ranked third among the 171 countries with the highest levels of disaster risks. As a response, the UP Board of Regents (BOR), during its 1319th Meeting on 28th July, 2016, established the UP RI through Memorandum No. PAEP 16-67. Consequently, NOAH was adopted by the UP during the BOR’s 1325 Meeting on 23 February 2017 and established as a center through Executive Order No. PDLC 17-03 on 21 March 2017.

 

PRESS RELEASE | Official Launch of UP Resilience Institute with integration of UP NOAH

UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES RESILIENCE INSTITUTE (UP RI) TO BE LAUNCHED

UP Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH) Center as core

22 May 2017

The revitalized University of the Philippines Resilience Institute (UP RI), with the integration of the UP National Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH) Center as its core component, will formally be launched on 20 June 2017 as a proactive hub providing benchmark innovative information vital in lifesaving climate change actions and disaster risk reduction efforts.

According to UP RI Executive Director Mahar Lagmay, the institute will be an inclusive multi-disciplinary approach by the university system to produce effective and efficient capacity building programs which are essential in forming sustainable development plans that will benefit all Filipinos, especially the poor and other marginalized sectors.

“The UP RI believes that the long-term solution to our country’s disaster problems will be best achieved through the collaborative competent contributions of not only Science and Technology, but Arts and Humanities as well,” Lagmay pointed out.

Lagmay vowed that progressive scientific research, with the full utilization of state-of-the-art equipment and technology, by the UP RI will ensure accurate, reliable, understandable and timely data that is open and free to the public at all times.

“Empowered communities, which constantly remained as the fundamental and uncompromised goal of NOAH, proved to be instrumental in averting more than 15 potentially fatal calamities since 2012,” he added.

He also underscored the role UP RI will lead in mapping out blueprints for local government units on implementing genuine progress as they address and overcome the challenges of future catastrophes.

For the past five years, NOAH has cultivated competence thus excellence by training science experts yielding dependable comprehensive output and appropriately disseminating probabilistic multi-scenario-based multi hazard maps.

“Such maps for disaster risk assessment are required in the Philippine Development Plan 2017 – 2022 and are important for unhampered and lasting growth,” he stressed.

The UP NOAH Center under the UP RI will intensify its functions to vigorously make available and offer comprehensible reports necessary for the country’s 144 cities and 1,490 municipalities in accordingly responding to various calamities and facilitate proper vulnerability management in their respective areas of jurisdiction.

According to the World Risk Report of 2016, the Philippines ranked third among the 171 countries with the highest levels of disaster risks. As a response, the UP Board of Regents (BOR), during its 1319th Meeting on 28 July 2016, established the UP RI through Memorandum No. PAEP-16-67. Consequently, NOAH was adopted by the UP during the BOR’s 1325th Meeting on 23 February 2017 and established as a center through Executive Order No. PDLC 17-03 on 21 March 2017.

PDF can be downloaded here.

UP Exhibits Resilience Portal at the IDDR 2016 Culminating Activity in Makati

UP Exhibits Resilience Portal at the IDDR 2016 Culminating Activity in Makati

The University of the Philippines showcased Resilience Portal, an online hub featuring UP's experts and resources on climate change adaptation and/or mitigation and disaster risk management, during the International Day For Disaster Reduction (IDDR) 2016 Culminating Activity, with the theme “Live to Tell: Reducing Global Mortality,” held last 13 October 2016 at Makati City Hall.

Marielle Antonio from the UP System Office of the Vice President for Public Affairs presented the Resilience Online Hub, its features focusing on the database of UP experts and researches on climate change adaptation and/or mitigation and disaster risk management, its development, challenges, and growth, up to its launching as well as its audience summary. 

Resilience, short for Resources for Science-Informed Literacy and Engagement towards Building Community Resilience, was created in pursuance with the Memorandum of Agreement signed between UP and the Climate Change Commission in June 2013.

The objective of the said Culminating Activity was to “bring together practitioners and stakeholders in the DRR aspect for exchange of intellects on what has been achieved and what needs to be done in the practice of DRRM.”

Makati DRRM Officer Richard Rodriguez delivered an overview of the IDDR 2016 celebration that highlighted the Sendai Seven Campaign, and the previous Step Up Campaign under the Hyogo Framework.

Smart Communications presented an interactive play and dance dubbed “Maging Laging Handa”.

Ms. Susana Juangco from the Office of Civil Defense discussed the "Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) in the Philippines: Strategies for Implementation". She tackled the strategies for each of the target as well as the priorities for action.

Edward Udtohan from the Philippine Red Cross Makati Branch – Rizal Chapter, highlighted the Red Cross 143’s success in providing emergency services to the barangay residents. At present, there are 143 chapters in the 33 barangays in Makati.

UP-RESILIENCE website launched at the 2nd President’s Toast

The UP-RESILIENCE online portal was officially introduced by Dr. J. Prospero E. De Vera III, Vice President for Public Affairs, at the 2nd President’s Toast held on July 5 at the Bulwagan ng Dangal, UP Main Library.

RESILIENCE, which stands for REsources for Science-Informed Literacy and ENgagement towards Building Community ResiliencE, is a web-based knowledge hub intended to serve as a platform to facilitate the dissemination and utilization of UP’s collective knowledge and expertise in climate change adaptation and mitigation and disaster risk management. Resources in this website may be used for awareness-raising, policymaking, teaching, capacity-building, and research.

The project is a product of the joint strategic planning workshop conducted by UP and the Climate Change Commission (CCC) in pursuit of the Memorandum of Agreement signed between the two institutions in June 2013.

Through this portal, we hope to create an important collaboration among institutions of learning and NGOs to work together to encourage, help and support each other in the goals of mitigating emissions and disaster risks,” said Sec. Emmanuel G. de Guzman, Vice Chair and Executive Director of the CCC, in his congratulatory message welcoming the initiative.

Since its softlaunching on April 22, the website has generated 8,229 page views, 2,191 sessions and has now a total of 1,600 users worldwide.

UP President Alfredo Pascual (6th from left) together with the project team, partner representatives, and selected UP experts, namely, Prof. Nelson Cainghog (UP-Padayon), Dr. Porfirio Alino (UP-MSI), Agnes Balota (GIZ), Donna Sanidad (CCC), Marielle Antonio (UP-Padayon), Dr. Popoy de Vera (UP Vice-President for Public Affairs), Dr. Laura David (UP-MSI), Dr. Kristoffer Berse (UP-NCPAG and project leader), and Dr. Jorge Ebay (UP-Visayas). 

Photo by: Misael Bacani

Undersecretary and National Coast Watch Center Executive Director Jose Luis Alano, CCC Knowledge Management Strategy Manager Donna Sanidad, Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Senior Advisor Agnes Balota, members of the UP Board of Regents, officials of the UP system and the different campus units, UP experts and staff involved in the different projects of the university graced the occasion.

Aside from the RESILIENCE portal, other high-impact initiatives launched during the President’s Toast were the OSU Manual of Operations, CIDS’ National Marine Policy Review and Strategic Direction, UP-Padayon’s Award for Excellence in Public Service, and the post-activity report of the OVPPA-initiated Halalan 2016 project.