The participants utilize the UP NOAH base map during the hazard and resource mapping activity.
The participants utilize the UP NOAH base map during the hazard and resource mapping activity.

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WeatherPhilippines and UP boost communities’ disaster preparedness

Amy Chua and Fred Dalumpines | May 11, 2018

Aboitiz Foundation and WeatherPhilippines have tapped the University of the Philippines Resilience Institute (UPRI) and its Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (UP-NOAH) centers to conduct community-based disaster risk reduction and management (CBDRRM) training sessions for various communities nationwide.

The training, based on a curriculum developed by Aboitiz Foundation and Aboitiz business units, is aimed at equipping the latter’s assisted communities with the right skills in identifying, analyzing, and creating disaster risk reduction and management plans and effectively prepare for and respond to such events.

Aboitiz Foundation conducted the pilot run of a two-day CBDRRM training course with AboitizPower subsidiary Hedcor Sibulan for Bago Aplaya in Talomo District, Davao City. Participants included Hedcor team members, members of the barangay’s DRRM Council, community officials, and residents.

WeatherPhilippines shared the basic concepts and effects of different weather disturbances and rain-producing weather systems in the country. Such learning is helpful in creating preparedness action plans and practical decision making to reduce the impact of weather-related disasters. UPRI and NOAH have introduced a freely accessible, accurate, reliable, and relevant scientific disaster data and highlighted a multidisciplinary approach in assessing risk.

 

I am grateful for this training because my knowledge was enriched especially in hazard mapping, identifying critical structures, and creating a disaster management plan. We are lucky because we are the pilot community. It will help our barangay a lot in terms of planning and implementation on disaster management.

–Adisa Lumpapac
Darong Elementary School DRR coordinator

 

We in the Aboitiz Group develop innovative solutions towards advancing business and communities. Our CBDRRM training curriculum incorporates weather knowledge to help the communities better respond to disaster risks. We commit to rolling this out to more communities nationwide, as part of our strategy to co-create safer, empowered, and sustainable communities.

–Maribeth Marasigan
First Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Aboitiz Foundation

 

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Meteorologist John Christian Lequiron of WeatherPhilippines conducted a storm tracking activity to the participants.
The participants brainstorm during the hazard focus assessment activity.
The participants brainstorm during the hazard focus assessment activity.

 

Using the multi-hazard map of UP NOAH, the participants were able to identify evacuation area and the safest route going to the evacuation site.
Using the multi-hazard map of UP NOAH, the participants were able to identify evacuation area and the safest route going to the evacuation site.