In the Time of Corona: Development Planning with the City of Balanga

t was sometime in 2019 when the City of Balanga sought the assistance of the University of the Philippines Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (UP NOAH) Center to update their Local Climate Change Action Plan and Disaster Risk Reduction Management Plan. At that time, when words such as  COVID-19, pandemic, and Zoom weren’t part of the public’s daily lexicon, the UP NOAH Center team set out, armed with table top activities and presentations, to conduct workshops that are prerequisites to formulating and updating local development plans. While this seemed like a typical beginning of a formal working partnership, neither parties had the slightest idea of the amount of adjustment a global pandemic would require.

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Taiwan’s Yuan Ye Architect Awards Representatives Visit UPRI Offices

Representatives of the Yuan Ye Architect Awards from Taiwan toured the offices of the University of the Philippines Resilience Institute (UPRI) following UP’s visit to Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The purpose of their visit was to explore potential collaboration with the National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG), School of Urban and Regional Planning (SURP), UPRI, and the Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners National Capital Regions (PIEP NCR), aligning with the principles of the PAGLINANG forum. During the four-day visit, the Taiwanese representatives initiated discussions on the localization of the Yuan Ye Architect Awards model in the Philippines.

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Framing the Philippines-Taiwan Bayanihan Advantages through the Yuan Ye Architect Awards

This article is the fourth and last installment in  a series written about Paglinang: Kaohsiung City Immersion for Navigating and Framing Philippines-Taiwan Bayanihan Advantages. This educational tour, held from 21-27 March 2023, was conducted to deepen the experiential and contextual learning of UP technical staff by immersing them in the practices, culture, and institutions of Kaohsiung City. This activity aimed to strengthen the collaboration between the Philippines and Taiwan, in fulfillment of UNSDG 17: Partnership for the Goals.

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UP Resilience Institute participates in the “Oplan Metro Yakal Plus”, a Contingency Planning Workshop for Earthquakes in Metro Manila

  The Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MMDRRMC) organized a planning workshop in relation to the enhancement, finalization, and publication of the Metro Manila Contingency Plan for Earthquakes, also known as the “Oplan Metro Yakal Plus.” In line with this,  they had reconstituted a Technical Working Group (TWG) for the crafting of […]

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Road to Resilience: Adapting to Climate Change through the People’s Survival Fund

  The People’s Survival Fund (PSF) was institutionalized in 2012 through the Republic Act 10174 which amends the Climate Change Act of 2009 to include the provision of long-term finance streams to enable the government to effectively address the problem of climate change. Since 2012, this act has provided Local Government Units (LGUs) in the […]

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