The University of the Philippines Resilience Institute (UPRI) and University of the Philippines Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (UP NOAH) Center, in collaboration with Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (QCDRRMO), held a two-day Flood Validation Workshop last August 18 and 20, 2021. It was attended by a total of 77 barangays.
The workshop was conducted as part of the formulation of the Quezon City Drainage Master Plan (QCDMP). The QCDMP will help provide solutions to the existing flooding problems of the city and serve as the long-term framework for flood management projects.
A plenary session was held during which participants were provided an introduction to the processes involved with formulating the drainage master plan. The activities that were going to be done as part of the workshop proper were also discussed. For the Validation Workshop proper, the participants from each barangay had their own breakout sessions, which were facilitated by UPRI representatives.
The third installment of the breakout sessions for Flood Validation Workshop was held on August 27, 2021, while the fourth and final installment was conducted on September 3, 2021. Participants from the barangays in QC that were not able to attend the originally scheduled workshop sessions continued to share their recollections of their experiences during past flood events. This marked the complete participation of all 142 barangays in Quezon City.
The participants of the Flood Validation Workshop were able to identify and validate flood-prone areas in their respective barangays. With the data generated from the workshop, UP NOAH will be able to calibrate and create more refined flood models that will be used to develop the Quezon City Drainage Master Plan. As residents and stakeholders of the city, the collective participation of barangay officials and residents contribute greatly in achieving the targets and goals of the plan.