Wednesday, May 8, 2019

PRISMH team held a Stakeholder’s Forum

The PRISMH team and participants of the Stakeholders’ Forum

The PRISMH team held a Stakeholder’s Forum last April 302019, at the Roof Deck of Henry Sy, Sr. Hall (HSSH) of De La Salle University. In that Forum, the PRISMH research team members presented what they have accomplished in this 2-year research endeavor, as it is set to end in August 2019.

The forum opened with Ms. Dina D’Ayala’s (Principal Investigator, UCL) introduction of Epicenter, and UCL. She also talked about the relationship between British Council, CHED, UCL, DLSU, and XU and the importance of the collaboration between all these units with regards to the PRISMH project. Dr. Andres W. C. Oreta (Co-investigator, DLSU) followed with the introduction of the PRISMH project and the CSS (Comprehensive School Safety) framework. Engr. Richard De Jesus (Co-investigator, DLSU) discussed the overview of school typology and the relevance of school inventory to the project. Dr. Arash Nassirpour (Co-invetigator, UCL) talked about the vulnerability of schools from multi-hazards. The forum was capped off by a report from Ms. Rebekah Yore (Co-investigator, UCL) regarding emergency sheltering and evacuation of school infrastructure.

Attendees of this Forum were representatives from the British Council, PHIVOLCS (Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology), DepEd (Department of Education) Engineers and DRR officers, Faculty from St. Louis University (Baguio), ASEP (Association of Structural Engineers of the Phil.), DPWH, PICE (Phil. Institute of Civil Engineers), and LGU. 

The PRISMH (Philippines’ Resilience of Schools to Multi-Hazards) is an on-going 2-year project that aims to develop an advanced resilience assessment framework for school infrastructure subjected to multiple natural hazards in the Philippines. In particular, the project addresses risk from seismic, wind and flood hazards. (please see attached primer). The PRISMH project is funded by the British Council and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). It is a joint research collaboration between experts from the University College London (UCL), Xavier University - Engineering Resource Center (XU-ERC) and De La Salle University. 

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