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Philippine Cities Need to be Learning and Resilient

UP Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs, Assistant Professor Ranjit Rye and UP Vice President for Public Affairs, Professor Prospero De Vera at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.
In an era of climate change and disasters, local governments in developing countries need to be both “learning cities” and “resilient cities”.
This was the assessment presented by UP Professors Prospero de Vera and Ranjit Rye in their paper entitled “E-resilience for Disaster Risk Management in a Developing State: the Philippine Case” during the 13th PASCAL International Conference on Learning Cities held at the University of Glasgow recently.
The Learning Cities 2040 conference (http://conference2016.pascalobservatory.org) brought …

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UP TWSC to hold public lecture on Resiliency in Natural Disasters

Risking Resources, Reckoning Risk:  The 2014 UP TWSC Public Lecture Series on Natural Disasters
Lecture 2: A Tradition of Resilience, The Resiliency of Tradition:
Local Knowledges and Sense-Making of Natural Disasters
25 September 2014 Thursday 9:30 – 11:30 am
Rm. 400 Palma Hall, University of the Philippines,
Diliman, Quezon City
Lecturer
Soledad Dalisay
Chair, Department of Anthropology
College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
University of the Philippines Diliman
Reactors
Jake Rom Cadag
Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
University of the Philippines Diliman
Emmanuel Luna
Professor and Director
Doctor in Social Development Program
College of Social Work and Community Development
University of the Philippines Diliman
About the lecture
The Filipinos are a people not unfamiliar …

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UP Third World Studies Center to hold Public Lecture on Natural Disasters

Typhoon Yolanda struck central Philippines, the public was steered in all directions in a tangle of terminologies. In the aftermath, government agencies had great difficulties defending their accurate forecasts over the lack of a clear explanation the public can understand.
As a sign of admission, the Philippine  Atmospheric,  Geophysical  and  Astronomical  Services  Administration  (PAGASA),  the country’s weather agency, was quoted saying “more could have been done in explaining to the public the magnitude and gravity of a storm surge.”
Malacañang was also quoted saying “perhaps [the government] could’ve communicated the danger better….“[we could’ve said] tsunami-like effect.” Be they warnings of a “storm …

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Call For Papers: International Conference On Disasters In Asia

20–21 January 2015, Bohol Tropics Resort Hotel, Tagbilaran City, Bohol
Deadline for Submission: 30 October 2014
The Conference Organizing Committee welcomes proposals for panel presentations for the general topics described below. Panel concept notes must include the theoretical/paradigmatic perspective upon which the component presentations are built or hinged upon, making for a tight and clear discourse consistent with historical and most contemporary empirical evidence. Panel convenors are encouraged to build the same along multi/interdisciplinary lines with representations from at least three Asian disaster cases/experiences and from diverse institutional affiliations.
Papers submitted for presentation must not have been presented/published before. They will be treated …

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Psychosocial Aspects of Healing

Helping Yolanda Survivors Find Wellness, Wholeness, Growth and Healing
Dr. Bautista speaks to UP Tacloban students at the orientation program for cross enrollees held at the Palma Hall Annex, UP Diliman.
Disasters impact strongly on the whole being of the individuals, groups and families affected. This means that disasters not only harm the physical health and economic stability of victims. It also affects their mental, spiritual, social and emotional well-being.
The good news is that the majority of survivors can pull themselves together and deal with the aftermath, especially if they are provided psychosocial support.
Psychosocial Support in the field of disaster mental health …

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UP CWS Extends Psychosocial Support, Commits to Rebuild

The UP Center for Women’s Studies in UP Diliman.
The University of the Philippines Center for Women’s Studies (UP CWS), a UP system-wide office, was among the immediate responders to extend relief and psychosocial support to the survivors of typhoon Yolanda last November.
Dr. Sylvia Estrada-Claudio, director of the UP CWS and professor at the UP College of Social Work and Community Development (UP CSWCD), shared some of her insights and recommendations for the UP community.
Cut the bureaucracy
According to Claudio “cutting the bureaucracy in times of disasters” to be able to immediately address the needs of survivors is “one of the most …

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To Serve and To Heal: The Ugnayan ng Pahinungod Manila’s Yolanda Relief Operations

The UP Manila Ugnayan ng Pahinungod Team goes to Guian via C130 for a medical mission. Photo from Ugnayan ng Pahinungod Manila.
On November 12, 2013, four days after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) struck several areas in the Visayas region, two doctors from UP Manila set out for Tacloban City to investigate the extent of damage in the city, particularly in UP Visayas’ Tacloban College campus and the School of Health Sciences in Palo, Leyte.
Aside from investigation, the two-man team also assessed the challenges to medical professionals and volunteers from the Ugnayan ng Pahinungod Manila in assisting the victims of the …

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Hope of the Future

Student Leaders Speak Up Post-Yolanda
UP Tacloban students for 1000 Meals Concert and Balck Shirt Day Protest.
Students may look at natural calamities differently after the recent Super Typhoon Yolanda devastated the whole of Eastern Visayas. Students may start thinking about the road ahead for safety, preparedness and rehabilitation in times of disasters, by ignoring which students,  faculty and staff of UP Tacloban and Palo, among others, were left in a vulnerable situation.
The most vital part of planning, say representatives from student institutions, is that efforts must not only provide relief and psychosocial activities but also long-term solutions for the sustenance of …

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DOST, UP to fly plane over ARMM to survey areas at high risk to disasters

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will fly a plane over the ARMM to survey the region for hazard preparedness and to determine which areas are at risk of bearing the worst effects of disasters.
The activity is part of the DOST’s project with the University of the Philippines (UP) dubbed as the Disaster Risk and Exposure Assessment for Mitigation (DREAM), a component of the Project NOAH or Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards.
“The plane will gather information on the region using a technology called LiDAR or Light Detection and Ranging to produce high-resolution, detailed, and up-to-date elevation maps and data …

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Gov’t saves P20 B by hiring UP scientists

The government had saved around P20 billion by hiring scientists from the University of the Philippines to do the flood and hazard mapping using cutting edge Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology.
Alfredo Mahar Francisco Lagmay, executive director of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Project NOAH (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards), said in a recent presentation on the government’s use of the Internet in saving lives, that the Disaster Risk and Exposure Assessment for Mitigation or DREAM program that involved the setting up of a comprehensive flood early warning system has successfully scanned 18 critical river basins in the …

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