The Manila Observatory hosted a Climate and Disaster Risk Assessment (CDRA) Training for partner local government units (LGU) of the National Resilience Council (NRC) last 8-10 October 2018.
For the first part of the training, 34 participants from LGUs and 11 from five academic institutions from the Province of Bataan and the Cities of Valenzuela, Naga, Iriga, Iloilo, Ormoc, Cagayan de Oro, and Zamboanga attended the foundational modules for CDRA. For the second part, only those who are handling the science and technology track of the Resilient LGU Program remained for the hands-on training.
Dr. Celine Vicente, head of the Geomatics for Environment and Development Laboratory was the overall training facilitator. With her, the Observatory also tapped the experts on geohazards, social science, and environmental science for a more holistic training.
After the training, the Observatory will also follow through with coaching and mentoring for the participants, to guide them in making their integrated risk maps.
All in all, the participants found the training to be very good, if not, excellent. Participants also expressed that the training could also be useful to their colleagues in the local level.