by Krysten Mariann Boado
The University of the Philippines (UP) Board of Regents (BOR) approved Feb. 23 the adoption of Project NOAH (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards) under the Office of the UP President, according to the university’s official website.
During their 1325th meeting, the board welcomed the program to UP upon the Department of Science and Technology’s termination of its administration.
According to UP President Danilo Concepcion, the project’s benefits extend beyond its research value.
“It has literally been a lifesaver for millions of Filipinos threatened by natural disasters like floods, landslides, and storm surges,” Concepcion said.
“It deserves a new lease on life, and UP is happy to welcome it into its fold.”
Project NOAH was designed with a main mission to help “warn” Filipinos of imminent natural disasters, particularly floods. Subsequently, the project also aids Filipinos in responding to these natural phenomenon to ensure their safety, according to Project NOAH Executive Director, Alfredo Lagmay.
Project NOAH has been recognized 15 times and has earned nine awards in its four-year existence.
(Note: This photo was taken during a forum on Project NOAH at the UP National Institute of Geological Sciences, Aug. 23.)