Project NOAH continues – It is coming back home to UP

Project NOAH (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards) was conceived after the massive destruction caused by late-season tropical storm Sendong (Washi) on December 16, 2011. It first made landfall in Mindanao before making another landfall over Palawan the following day. Hardest hit in Mindanao were the cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro, areas that were seldom visited by typhoons. Although there were disaster warnings released three days before the devastating storm hit, the local government and residents were still inadequately prepared for the force majeure. Due to the massive loss of lives and properties brought about by the disaster, then President Benigno Aquino III called for a better system for disaster prevention and mitigation, which led to the birth of Project NOAH. Launch Project NOAH was launched in Marikina on July 6, 2012, led by Pres. Aquino, other government officials and its project head, Dr. Alfredo Mahar Lagmay from the NIGS or the National Institute of Geological Sciences in UP DIliman. The project is a mix of technology and science for disaster risk reduction and management, conceived as a program to offer a 6-hour lead time warning to all agencies dealing with disaster prevention and mitigation in the Philippines. Coordinating … Continue reading Project NOAH continues – It is coming back home to UP