Representing the Accelerated Science and Technology Human Resource Development Program (ASTHRDP) of the Philippines Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI), six Filipino experts presented their work in the field of climate science and disaster management. The delegation from the Philippines included Dr. Gay Jane Perez, Associate Professor, Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology, UP Diliman; Dr. Felino P. Lansigan, Professor and Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, UP Los Banos; and Dr. Gay Defiesta, Associate Professor, University of the Philippines Visayas.
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One purpose of disaster mapping is to delineate hazard-prone areas in a locality. These danger zones are borne by natural calamities such as landslides, flooding or tidal waves and storm surges along coastal areas.
As one of the key objectives in the determination of danger zones, disaster mapping would then be the basis for the authorities to call for a relocation of residents living within and along these disaster prone areas in order to avoid further loss of lives and properties arising from natural calamities.
At the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, resilience education is a part of the curriculum. Civil Engineering 10 is a class on disaster mitigation, adaptation, and preparedness strategies for UP students. It was first taught during the 1st semester of school year 2013-2014. The class is managed by a team of 6 teachers from different academic fields.
The University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) will showcase “green” technology using “cool roofs” to mitigate the impact of climate change in the country.
Under the leadership of Mayor Alfredo ”JR” Coro II, a UPLB alumnus, Del Carmen’s partnerships with government agencies and NGOs have resulted not only in the conduct of information and education campaigns on climate change, but also workshops, seminars and training on livelihood programs, maternity and child care, education, as well as solid waste management and renewable energy power generation.
According to Dr. Merlina N. Andalecio, UP Visayas Associate Professor, the UPV-College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences is implementing a project that examines the effects of climate on fishing activity/productivity. One of the outputs of the project is a digital library of fishing operations that will be useful for fishery managers and decision-makers.