Thursday, May 2, 2013

In celebration of NISMED’s 48th anniversary on 20 November 2012, Dr. Alfredo Mahar A. Lagmay, the Executive Director of Project NOAH (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards), was invited to talk on “Disaster Preparedness: Just a click away!”
Dr. Lagmay talks about disaster preparedness during a public lecture held at  NISMED's Auditorium
Dr. Lagmay began the lecture with a slide on the natural hazards in the Philippines such as pyroclastic flow, lahar, tsunami, landslides, and floods. These natural hazards make the Philippines vulnerable to environmental disasters. Project NOAH was then launched by the Department of Science and Technology as a responsive program of the government for disaster prevention and management. This program is specifically tasked to provide a 6-hour lead-time warning to vulnerable communities against impending floods and to use advanced technology to enhance current geo-hazard vulnerability maps. Dr. Lagmay showed the audience how to navigate the Project NOAH website (http://noah.dost.gov.ph) and how to use the website’s tools. In the course of his lecture, Dr. Lagmay was upbeat and humorous as he recounted his experiences in coordinating collaboration between the public and the private sectors and during his interaction with the audience during the open forum.

The public lecture was held at the NISMED Dolores F. Hernandez Hall Auditorium. Among those who attended the lecture were elementary and high school teachers from Balara Elementary School, Commonwealth Elementary School, Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo High School, Krus na Ligas High School, First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities, some faculty members of the UP College of Education, Dr. Celia Bulan of the UP College of Arts and Letters and her class, and Dr. Kenichi Hiura, a former JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) expert.

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