Brown bag session shares state of early warning systems for coastal resilience in the Philippines

October 19, 2018

The Ateneo Institute of Sustainability and Departments of Biology and Environmental Science invited faculty and researchers to a brown bag session titled “Early Warning Systems and Coastal Resilience in the Philippines: A Scoping Study” on October 15, 2018 (Monday) from 4:00 to 5:30 pm at Faber 302, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City Philippines.
The brown bag session shared the output of the initial phase of the project called Capacity Building in Asia for Resilience EducaTion (CABARET). The output was a scoping study which generated a National Position Paper (NPP) that examined the state of the multi-hazard early warning (MHEW) systems in the Philippines, as well as the gaps and challenges in positioning early warning and preparedness in the wider trajectories of social change in societies and communities at risk. Ms. Jairus Carmela Josol of the Department of Environmental Science presented highlights of the NPP, particularly on national initiatives and roles of higher education institutions (HEIs) to improve MHEW and coastal resilience in the country. The Philippines NPP, along with the NPP of ASEAN countries in CABARET, is available through the CABARET website (linked here).
Faculty and researchers from Biology, Chemistry, Electronics Computer and Communications Engineering (ECCE), Environmental Science (ES), Information Systems (DISCS) and Computer Science, and Physics Departments attended the event, as well as representatives from the Ateneo Innovation Center (AIC), Ateneo Institute of Sustainability (AIS), and Philippine Institute of Pure and Applied Chemistry (PIPAC).
The Ateneo de Manila University, through the Departments of Biology and Environmental Science, and along with De La Salle University, is one of the country’s focal point in a consortium of HEIs that are involved in the EU-funded CABARET project. The project to aims to enable HEIs to participate in the global agenda towards reducing disaster risk, while strengthening scientific impact and competitiveness. It likewise aims to build the capacity of HEIs to be more responsive to the needs of their countries and communities in building resilience against coastal hazards.
The brown bag session was held in conjunction with other activities held by HEIs in CABARET to mark this year’s International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR).

From left to right: Dr. Armand Guidote of Chemistry Department and PIPAC, Dr. Kendra Gotangco of ES Department and AIS, Dr. Cris Lopez of Biology Department, Ms. Natalie Ting of AIS, Ms. Jairus Josol of ES Department, Dr. Kardi Teknomo of DISCS, Dr. Noraleen Uy of ES Department, and and Dr. Assunta Cuyegkeng of AIS.

Ms. Jairus Josol presenting the NPP.

The brown bag session ended with an open forum among participants on how HEIs can contribute to improving MHEWS in the country.