University of the Philippines to take over Project NOAH

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After almost being terminated due to the lack of funds, University of the Philippines has announced that it will continue Project NOAH, as soon as Department of Science and Technology (DOST) delivered its research results on February 28. The announcement was made during the University’s 1325th Board of Regents meeting last 23rd of February 2017.

In a blog post, P President Danilo L. Concepcion said;

In a sense, Project NOAH is coming home. Noting that the project was conceived by the DOST with the help of UP professors, led by its executive director Dr. Alfredo Mahar Lagmay from the National Institute of Geological Sciences (NIGS), and that most of the project’s staff have come from UP.

Here’s a short video on how Project NOAH works.

Project NOAH (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards) was designed to harness technologies and management services for disaster risk-reduction activities offered by the DOST through PAGASA, PHIVOLCS, and the DOST’s Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), in partnership with the UP National Institute of Geological Sciences (NIGS) and the UP College of Engineering.

Project NOAH will fall under the Office of the President in UP. “We were a program in need of a home,” added Lagmay. “Disaster management should involve more than science and technology. We also need artists and educators to communicate messages more effectively. UP is an interdisciplinary community and will make the perfect home for us, given that our disaster problem will grow even bigger in the future. We remain deeply grateful to the DOST for having hosted us, and we look forward to complementing the work of its agencies toward our common goal of mitigating the effects of disasters on our people.”

Source: Yugatech

Last modified: February 26, 2017

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