Bataan attends cascading workshop on risk mapping

Engr. McJefferson of the Bataan Provincial Planning and Development Office orients participants of Risk Mapping, Data Gathering & Consolidation Workshop.

The National Resilience Council, Zuellig Family Foundation and the Manila Observatory met with Bataan Province, following the October 2018 training on Climate and Disaster Risk Assessment (CDRA). As part of the post-CDRA activities, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers (DRRMOfficers) from Bataan municipalities attended a cascading workshop on risk mapping, data gathering & consolidation to start initial mapping for the provincial government, and to develop a geographic information system (GIS) team.

NRC, ZFF and MO conducts a follow-up discussion with 1Bataan Resilience Team regarding an MO-led proposal aiming to address the DRR-related concerns of the province.

NRC, ZFF and MO also discussed with Bataan the parameters for an MO-led proposal on flood control and air quality management.

BPSU undergoes academic partner orientation

ZFF’s MR Poa conducts the program orientation for the BPSU Core Team.

The National Resilience Council and Zuellig Family Foundation met with the core group from Bataan Peninsula State University (BPSU) for an orientation on the Resiliency Leadership Program and the BPSU runway as an NRC academic partner for Bataan Province. As an academic partner, BPSU undergoes capacitating activities of the NRC so it can pave the way for a localized and contextualized approach to implementing NRC’s program in the provincial government.

Taiwan’s NCDR visits Iloilo City as part of DRR collaboration

NCDR’s Dr. Wei-Sen Li with Ms. Donna Magno of the Iloilo City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) during his visit to the LGU.

On 30 November 2019, Taiwan’s National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR) visited Iloilo City as part of its ongoing partnership with the local government unit. The visit follows a signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation between NCDR and Iloilo City, where the city is set to adopt Taiwan’s risk assessment platform and to gain new automatic weather systems. As a partner of Iloilo City, the National Resilience Council also participated in the discussions.

NCDR’s Dr. Wei-Sen Li, NRC’s Ms. Marilou Suplido and Christian Aid’s Ms. Jessica Bercilla with the Iloilo City DRMMO.

Iloilo to work with Taiwan for disaster risk reduction

On 18 October, a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) was signed between the Taiwanese Government—through the National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR)—and Iloilo City, in partnership with the National Resilience Council (NRC) and the Manila Observatory (MO). The MoC will provide Iloilo City an opportunity to learn about and adopt Taiwan’s best practices on disaster risk reduction. This also includes guidance in developing capacity-building tools and systems that can aid in information analysis, risk assessment and policymaking.

National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR) Director Hongey Chen, Iloilo City Mayor Jose Espinosa III and National Resilience Council (NRC) President Ma. Antonia Yulo Loyzaga at the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) signing event in Makati City.

Also through NCDR, Taiwan’s technical adviser on disaster prevention and reduction, the Taiwanese government will grant the establishment of 20 automatic weather stations (AWS) in Iloilo City.

For Iloilo City Mayor Jose Espinosa III, the partnership will contribute to the city’s existing programs. Although there is an existing 24/7 operation center, he said the city is also planning to set up a command center to complement Taiwan’s AWS donation. City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) chief Donna Magno said a command center for disaster response and management will be greatly needed, especially with the city adopting Taiwan’s risk assessment platform. Taiwan will also be a big help in terms of gathering data at the community level because its technologies. Currently, Iloilo could only access regional data.

The National Resilience Council (NRC) and Iloilo City meeting with the National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR).

Iloilo City was chosen through NRC, a science and technology-based public-private partnership working towards disaster resilience in the Philippines. The city is one of the eight LGUs undergoing NRC’s Resilient LGU Program designed to capacitate LGUs in developing and implementing comprehensive programs for disaster risk reduction through a Resilience Scorecard that covers five pillars: Leadership and Governance, Human Development Systems, Local Economy, Infrastructure and Environment.

NCDR Director Hongey Chen also cited the city’s commendable knowledge-based programs on disaster risk reduction and management as reason for its interest.

With MO—a Jesuit scientific institution focused on advancing its mission in environmental and pre-disaster science—onboard, the initiative will produce new scientific researches.

Following the MoC, Iloilo City will send a representative to Taiwan for a field visit. NCDR, in turn, will hold inspections at the city’s flood areas where the AWS can be installed.