Manila Observatory joins the APEC EPWG meeting in Boracay

Upon the invitation of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Program Secretariat, the Manila Observatory (MO) joined the APEC Emergency Working Group (EPWG) meeting held in Boracay Island on 13-14 May 2015. The leaderships of APEC EPWG recognized MO’s innovations in bringing science...

Pan-Asia Risk Reduction (PARR) Fellowship Program

The Manila Observatory (MO), represented by Ms. Ma. Antonia Loyzaga, Executive Director, Dr. Gemma Narisma, Associate Director for Research and Head of the Regional Climate Systems program, and Ms. Jessica Dator-Bercilla, participated in the culminating activity of the Pan-Asia Risk Reduction (PARR) Fellowship...

Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR)

Ms. Ma. Antonia Loyzaga, Executive Director of the Manila Observatory (MO), and Dr. Celine Vicente, Head of the Geomatics for Environment and Development program, participated in the recently conducted Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) in Sendai, Japan, from 14...

Communicating Climate Change to Flood-Prone Communities

In August 2012, Metro Manila and its environs experienced the effect of an enhanced Southwest monsoon season (locally  known as habagat) which brought continuous heavy rains over a few days. Many called the disaster a “disaster with no name” as there was no associated tropical cyclone activity that was responsible...

Toolkit for Local Government Units

A  toolkit  for  Local  Government  Units,  “Alternative Pathways  to Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction” was  launched  in 2012. The toolkit consists of a 12-step  process  for  local  governments  to  mainstream climate  change  adaptation  and  disaster  risk  reduction  (CCA-DRR). It includes methods...

Helping Communities Understand Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

Scientists from the Manila Observatory helped  train local government units and communities in the science and framework  behind  disaster  risk  reduction  and  climate change adaptation (DRR-CCA). The  trainings  took  place  in  Iligan City,   Lanao del Norte and at the Climate Change Academy in...

Metro Weather Automated Weather Stations

Metro  Weather  is  a  public-private  partnership  that  has  established  a network  of  30 automated weather  stations  (AWS)  in Metro Manila. This  network will provide free and  near real-time  weather  data  that  can  be  used  to  prepare for  severe weather conditions  such as tropical...

Albay Sustainable Development Guidebook

The  Albay  Sustainable  Development  Guidebook  is the product of  two-year  research conducted  by Manila Observatory scientists  in partnership  with  Chevron  Geothermal  Philippines  Holdings  Inc.  and  the  provincial government of  Albay. Analysis  of  land  use and  land  use  change,  hazard  &  vulnerability  mapping  and ...

Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

The  Philippines  is  the  third most at risk  to  disasters  in  the  world,   along with being vulnerable  to  the effects of  climate change. Disaster Risk  Reduction  as well  as Climate  Change  Adaptation  (DRR-CCA) need to be approached together in order to  face  the...