The UP Resilience Institute

The UP Resilience Institute was established as a proactive hub of benchmark innovative information vital to the nation's efforts in climate change mitigation and adaptation. Its mission is to empower local communities through multidisciplinary actions toward resilience.

As a response through its Memorandum No. PAEP-16-67, the University of the Philippines Board of Regents (BOR) approved on 28 July 2016 the establishment of the University of the Philippines Resilience Institute (UP RI) to have the following functions and programs concerning multi-hazard, multidisciplinary, multisectoral, comprehensive disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM):

Research and Creative Work: undertake policy research, action research and interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary research or creative work
Knowledge Sharing: disseminate research findings, creative works and innovations
Education: establish non-degree educational programs and support degree programs within the UP System
Institute Building: improve the capability of the UP System as an agent of change for disaster resilience in the Philippines and the Pacific Rim region.

Special Provision in the 2018 General Appropriations Act:

 The University of the Philippines Resilience Institute UP RI together with other state universities and colleges shall support the Climate Change Commission in training LGUs to formulate and complete Local

The UP NOAH Center

The UP NOAH Center is the core component of the UP Resilience Institute. It was formally adopted by the University of the Philippines during the Board of Regents 1325th meeting on February 23, 2017 as a research center for climate actions and disaster risk reduction and management. An Executive Order signed by UP President Danilo L. Concepcion, (EO PLDC 17-03), established the NOAH Center as a research institute in the UP System.

The vital role of UP NOAH’s work is producing freely accessible, accurate, reliable, and relevant scientific disaster data. It also highlights a multidisciplinary approach in assessing risk and using the lens of different scientific areas. This ensures that Filipinos are provided an integrative appraisal of the natural hazards that put them in danger.

"UP NOAH Center's benefits go far beyond its research value. It has literally been a lifesaver for millions of Filipinos threatened by natural disasters like floods, landslides, and storm surges. It deserves a new lease on life, and UP is happy to welcome it into its fold." - UP President Danilo L. Concepcion 

Abucay, Edwin R.

Abucay, Edwin R.
Assistant Professor
Department of Community and Environmental Resource Planning
College of Human Ecology
UP Los Baños

Biographical Sketch

Asst. Prof. Abucay finished his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (major in Soil Science) and Master of Science in Environmental Science (Environmental Planning & Management) degrees from the University of the Philippines Los Banos. He has more than 10-years experience in various research projects funded locally and internationally. His expertise include Geographic Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) in environmental and resource management, mapping, climate change risk and vulnerability assessments; land use planning, watershed management/planning and land use change analysis; agent-based modeling for landslide, adaptation responses and vulnerabilities; indigenous knowledge and practices on agriculture and environment; environmental and ecological modeling below and above-ground tree-crop interactions in agroforestry systems; nutrient dynamics and hydrologic functions of agroforestry systems; information and database development, management and programming. At present, he is the project leader of PHIL-LiDAR 1 UPLB under the PHIL-LiDAR 1 program led by UP Diliman. The project funded under DOST-GIA aims to develop flood hazard maps for MIMAROPA and Laguna.

Recent Projects

  • Project Leader, PHIL-LIDAR-1. Hazard Mapping of the Philippines using LiDAR (Program B. LIDAR Data Processing and Validation by SUCs and HEIs) - Project 4. LIDAR Data Processing and Validation in Luzon: MIMAROPA and Laguna (Region IV) – Funded by the Department of Science and Technology – Grants in Aid, 01 May 2014 to present.
  • Project Collaborator (GIS Expert), Agent-based Modeling (ABM) of sustainable livelihoods for vulnerable people to adapt to the impacts of flood-related landslides in the Philippines. Funded by The Oscar M. Lopez Center. 01 June 2014 to present.



2. Abucay, E.R., D.B. Magcale-Macandog, M.V.O. Espaldon and F.C. Monsalud. 2012. Modeling the Spatial Distribution of Rainfall-Induced Landslide Susceptibilities in Infanta, Quezon, Philippines. Journal of Environmental Science and Management (JESAM). 15(1): 28-39 (2012).

3. J.P.P. Talubo, A.J. Jacildo, M.V.O. Espaldon, L.A. Acosta-Michlik, D.B. Magcale-Macandog, G.L.M. Nelson, N.M. Lalican, E.R. Abucay, M.C.T. Malenab, J.P. Pabico, and M.A. Dorado. 2015. Vulnerability to Rainfall-Induced Landslide of Three Communities in Infanta, Quezon, Philippines. International Journal of Sciences: Basic and Applied Research, 23 (1)138-166.

4. M.C.T. Malenab, M.V. O. Espaldon, N.M. Lalican, T.O. Balangue and E.R. Abucay. 2015. Analysis of climate variability and dengue occurrence in social-ecological systems: the case of Bay, Los Baños and Calamba in Laguna, the Philippines. International Journal of Sciences: Basic and Applied Research, 21(1): 350-367.

5. Asuero, M.P., G.L.M. Nelson, M.V.O. Espaldon, L.A. Acosta-Michlick, D.M. Macandog, N.M. Lalican, E.R. Abucay, M.C.T. Malenab and J.P.P. Talubo. 2012. Social Characteristics and Vulnerabilities of Disaster-Prone Communities in Infanta, Quezon, Philippines. Journal of Environmental Science and Management. 15(2): 19-34 (2012).