UPRI Talk: UPD Student Orgs’ Actions for Resilience


A step towards the goal of the UP Resilience Institute in empowering individuals towards resiliency through transdisciplinary actions is the UPRI Talk which is a platform to share and disseminate information to the general public in the effort of becoming a safe, adaptive, and resilient Philippines.

The participants and speakers of the UPRI Talk

The UPRI Talk entitled “UPD Student Orgs’ Actions for Resilience” was held last April 28, 2023 at the Assembly Hall of the UP NCPAG and organized by the Education Division of the UPRI. This first hybrid UPRI Talk was attended by students and teachers from various colleges and universities. With Patricia Reyes of the Research and Creative Works Division and Daffodil Cleto of the Institution Building Division as hosts, the talk revolved around identifying the existing and potential roles of student organizations in disaster risk reduction management and climate change adaptation and mitigation (DRRM-CCAM). As the student elections season in UP Diliman is approaching, it is timely to have this discussion to ensure that DRRM-CCAM is appropriately considered in the plan of action of the future student leaders and the student organizations.

Vice Chancellor Sonido sharing the experiences of the OVCSA with the disasters faced during the pandemic

The event started with the Welcoming Remarks of Dr. Kristoffer B. Berse, Dean of the UP NCPAG and the Opening Remarks by Ms. Louis Jashil R. Sonido the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs of UP Diliman.

Sir Dennis Quilala

The first speaker was Sir Dennis Quilala, an Assistant Professor of the UP College of Social Sciences and Philosophy and the Director of UP Diliman NSTP. His discussion focused on the education of DRRM-CCAM through the NSTP program such as their current and potential projects. He also shared the challenges the program faces such as the limited expertise of the NSTP faculty members on the topic and suggestions on how to improve the program.

Sir Richard Gonzalo, the second speaker, is an Assistant Professor of the UP Asian Institute of Tourism and the former UP Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs. He focused on how the services of the university have developed through the years and how these changes affected the collective capacity of UP to respond to disruptive events.

Ms. Feye Andal

The last speaker was Ms. Feye Andal, a Junior Managing Researcher at the UP Resilience Institute and co-founder of the UP Resilience Institute YouthMappers. She talked about the organization as a student chapter of YouthMappers, an international consortium of organizations for Resilience. She also discussed how its activities helped in spreading data awareness for the people and strengthening disaster resilience through mapping not only in the university but also locally and internationally.

This event was also part of the Worldwide Teach-In which is an event focused on creating Climate and Justice dialogues for K-12 schools, colleges, and universities across the globe. The event is an avenue for the local communities to participate in solutions-oriented discussions that will drive interdisciplinary perspectives and cultivate actionable solutions for your college and community.


Watch the Talk here.



Posted by the UP Resilience Institute Education on May 19, 2023