Selected faculty members from all eight constituent universities of the University of the Philippines gathered together to exchange notes and take stock of their experiences in providing policy advice to the government in the areas of disaster risk reduction and climate change. The “Scoping Workshop on the Role of Academia in Policymaking for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Action” was organized by the University of the Philippines Resilience Institute with support from the International Network for Government Science Advice.

Dr. Kristoffer B. Berse of the UP National College of Public Administration and Governance was conferred the prestigious 2019 Virginia A. Miralao (VAM) Excellence in Research Award by the Philippine Social Science Council for his publication entitled “Cities as aid agencies: preliminary prospects and cautionary signposts from post-disaster interurban cooperation in Asia.”