UP Resilience Institute gets own home

| Written by Arlyn VCD Palisoc Romualdo

 

A perspective of the UP Resilience Institute building (Image from the Office of the Vice President for Development)

 

Three years after its establishment by the UP Board of Regents (BOR), the Resilience Institute at the University of the Philippines for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (UP Resilience Institute or UPRI) has finally broken ground for the construction of its own building on September 25.

Replacing Villadolid Hall along Lakandula St. in UP Diliman, the P400-million structure is expected to be finished by 2021. It will be the tallest building on campus at ten stories.

 

Top photo: Showing the materials to be placed inside the time capsule are, from left, UP President Danilo Concepcion, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, Albay Second District Representative Jose Maria Salceda, and CHED Chairman J. Prospero de Vera III. With them are UPRI Executive Director Alfredo Mahar Francisco Lagmay (far left) and UP Regent Angelo Jimenez (far right). Partially hidden at the back is Commissioner Noel Antonio Gaerlan of the Climate Change Commission. Bottom photo: The time capsule is lowered by UP President Danilo Concepcion (far left) and Albay Second District Representative Jose Maria Salceda beside him. They are joined by, from left, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, CHED Chairman J. Prospero de Vera III, and UP Diliman Archaeological Studies Program Director Mary Grace Barretto-Tesoro.
(Photos by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

It will bring under one roof UPRI’s core component, the Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH) Center, and the Institute’s other programs: Research and Creative Work, Knowledge Sharing, Education, and Institution Building—all of which are currently scattered across locations within and outside UP Diliman. The UPRI building will also house the Archaeological Studies Program.

 

UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan hopes the UPRI will also do research on disasters other than those caused by the weather but which also result in “walang pasok” (class and/or office suspension). He also revealed that the campus will start a ban on single-use plastics soon. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

UPRI Executive Director Alfredo Mahar Francisco Lagmay expresses his gratitude to key government and UP officials on behalf of the Institute. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar emphasizes the importance of knowledge and research on disaster resilience in the face of climate change. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

The NOAH Center was formerly Project NOAH of the Department of Science and Technology. It was adopted by the University and re-established as the NOAH Center in March 2017 through EO PDLC 17-03 issued by UP President Danilo Concepcion, when the project’s operations were concluded the previous month. In June 2017, UPRI was re-launched with the NOAH Center as its core program.

 

Albay Second District Representative Jose Maria Salceda says resilience studies are based on science and naturally reside in the sanctuary of the academe. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

UP President Danilo Concepcion vows no large trees will be cut in the course of infrastructure development in UP campuses. Smaller trees will be saved and transferred to other locations where they will be allowed to grow. Earlier, Concepcion read the message of former Senator and now House Deputy Speaker and Antique Representative Loren Legarda, where she pledged her continued support for similar initiatives—whether in legislation or other means. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

The UP BOR approved the Institute’s functions and programs as follows:

  1. Research and Creative Work: undertake policy research, action research, and interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary research or creative work aimed at producing and applying new knowledge, knowledge solution, or knowhow on reducing and managing natural disaster-risks in the Philippines and the Pacific Rim region with utmost consideration of local cultural and social factors;
  2. Knowledge Sharing: disseminate research findings, creative works and innovations in academic forums, professional conferences, communities of practice, and industrial conventions, to regional, national and local public authorities who are mandated to improve the resilience to natural hazards, to the private sector, to the mass media and social media, and to the general public;
  3. Education: establish non-degree educational programs and support degree programs within the UP System as a comprehensive network center and hub for the interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary theme of disaster risk reduction and management or disaster risk management, including intercultural understanding across the nation and the region; and
  4. Institution Building: improve the capability of the UP System as an agent of change to formulate and implement advanced academic programs or courses and undertake leading researches or creative works on disaster resilience in the Philippines and the Pacific Rim region, and undertake appropriate training events in support of disaster risk reduction and management initiatives and institutions of the university, local, national, and regional stakeholders.

 

Signing the materials for the time capsule are, clockwise from top left, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, UP President Danilo Concepcion, Albay Second District Representative Jose Maria Salceda, and CHED Chairman J. Prospero de Vera III. (Photos by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by government officials such as Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar, Commission on Higher Education Chairman J. Prospero de Vera III, Albay Second District Representative and House Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Jose Maria Salceda, Commissioner Noel Antonio Gaerlan of the Climate Change Commission, and Office of Civil Defense Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad, among others. DPWH, through the Quezon City Second District Engineering Office, is implementing the construction project.

 

Before the groundbreaking ceremony begins: from left, Albay Second District Representative Jose Maria Salceda, UP President Danilo Concepcion, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, and CHED Chairman J. Prospero de Vera III. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

UP and government officials pose for a group photo after the event. From left, UP Vice President for Public Affairs Elena Pernia, Office of Civil Defense Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad, UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan, UP Vice President for Development Elvira Zamora, UPRI Executive Director Alfredo Mahar Francisco Lagmay, Albay Second District Representative Jose Maria Salceda, UP President Danilo Concepcion, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, CHED Chairman J. Prospero de Vera III, Commissioner Noel Antonio Gaerlan of the Climate Change Commission, and UP Diliman Archaeological Studies Program Director Mary Grace Barretto-Tesoro. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)
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