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Jun 2014 |Philippines – Conference of Transformative Land and Water Governance
Recent events related to climate change in Asia Pacific, including natural disasters, pose serious questions to us. Can we really continue with the way we treat the planet and its resources? Land and water are two very crucial resources which define human existence and therefore require careful governance.

26 Jun 2014 |Transformative education and social engagement have great synergy
The conference discussed the importance of scientific methods and the critical challenge of addressing human and environmental needs, the questions of sustainability, vulnerability and risk.

21 May 2014 | Fr. Walpole: “Merge science, local knowledge in disaster preparedness”
MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/21 May)– People will be more safer and resilient if science and local knowledge and wisdom on risk resilience and adaptation will be fused, Fr. Pedro Walpole, SJ, coordinator for Reconciliation with Creation of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific, said at the first plenary session of an international conference here from May 21-23.

14 April 2014 | Collaborating for transformative research towards sustainable human development
Celebrating 17 years of an initiative by Jacques Berleur, SJ under the time of Father General Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, SJ of the Society of Jesus, who was very interested in the collaboration and partnerships amongst Jesuit institutions.

24 March 2014 | Reviewing Housing Designs and Construction Standards: A meeting report of the Philippine Working Group on Disaster Risk Resilience, 6 March 2014 
The Philippine Working Group convened a meeting on March 6 to discuss specific concerns related to house construction in the context of disaster risk reduction.

15 March 2014 |What does Anthropocene mean?
Have human beings permanently changed the planet? It seems to be a simple question but it has enormous implications as we look into today’s realities. If so, what does it mean? How could it be described? And what to do?

17 Feb 2014 | Site selection assessment and criteria and other post-disaster concerns: A meeting report of the Philippine Working Group on Disaster Risk Resilience
Site selection assessment and criteria and post-disaster challenges on relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction, and recovery, especially in a post-typhoon Yolanda context were also discussed.

15 Jan 2014 | Collaborative response in disaster risk reduction
As we enter the next phases of post-disaster response in relation to typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), we are called to ask ourselves what is the commitment and the quality of such commitment as we explore possible collaboration and contributions of Jesuit institutions in post-typhoon rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts.

29 Nov 2013 | Peace is not easily found: Tacloban a week after typhoon Yolanda
The Tacloban coastline is a sea of flotsam: jumbled wood of various sizes, plywood, foam, refrigerator doors, boxes, cabinet frames, chair backs, bench tops.

29 Nov 2013 | The role of structure and infrastructure in disaster reduction
There is now an awareness that after typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit central Philippines last 8 November 2013, infrastructure broke down, and not just roads and bridges, but also communication channels, power, water, transportation.

14 Nov 2013 | Still struggling to meet people’s immediate needs, six days after typhoon Yolanda
Three days before typhoon Yolanda (international Haiyan) made landfall in Guiuan, Eastern Samar in central Philippines, national and local governments in the areas to be affected and line agencies issued warnings and advisories.

13 Nov 2013 | Broadening the dialogue on disaster risk resilience: The Philippine Working Group on Disaster Risk Resilience
The Philippines is ranked third out of 173 countries, after Vanuatu and Tonga, in terms of vulnerability to disaster risks and natural hazards (World Risk Index 2012, United Nations University-Institute for Environment and Human Security).

13 Jul 2013 | CDO Mayor Oscar Moreno and Key City Officials support ESSC-XU initiative to assess disaster risks in Barangay Carmen
A courtesy meeting with the newly elected Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno last 4 July 2013 at the City Hall Executive Building formally sealed the partnership for the Carmen Disaster Risk Assessment Study.

13 Jul 2013 | Facing floods, landslides, and droughts with hope and determination
From 22 – 24 April, ESSC’s Wendy Clavano and Rowena Soriaga joined the students of the University for Peace in their visit to Barangay Sila-e and Sitio Mahayag. The initial objective was to investigate the communities’ experience of drought, but interactions revealed that concerns over landslides are more pressing.

13 Jun 2013 | The importance of sustainability science and transformative research
Sustainability Science is rooted in being human and being authentic in its service to human development and environmental integrity.

24 May 2013 | Understanding flooding factors in the Cagayan watershed
Pedro Walpole visited the Cagayan watershed so as to better understand flooding risks and factors which contribute to flooding in different catchment areas.

24 May 2013 |Facing floods, landslides, and droughts with hope and determination
The visit is part of the groundwork for the project on Strengthening Disaster Risk Reduction Capacities and Developing Disaster Protocols in Asia under ESSC’s program on Developing Disaster Risk Resilience through broadening the Disaster Discourse.

24 May 2013 | Youth in Bendum: Challenging Climate Change
Youth in Bendum, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon are well aware of what these environmental challenges are and what they mean for their communities way of life

24 May 2013 | ESSC working towards community based DRRM
ESSC was requested to assist in the development of the scientific component of DMM and to establish a decision support system as the ministry responds to the various phases of disaster events.

3 Apr 2013 |Sustainability science from the mountains: The Bendum Ecology and Culture Center in Mindanao, Philippines
In this article, Pedro shares his thoughts on Sustainability Science and its importance in the context of ESSC’s work with rural communities in Mindanao.

31 Mar 2013 | Sustainability science from the mountains: The Bendum Ecology and Culture Center in Mindanao, Philippines
Sustainability Science is rooted in being human and being authentic in its service to human development and environmental interaction. ESSC approaches the work on environmental and social sustainability with a rootedness in an area’s context: the landscape, the people, and their socio-economic realities.

31 Mar 2013 | Becoming “climate-proof” in the Philippines
When asked what resilience means, the head of city planning for the Philippines’ second largest city, Davao, said that for Filipinos it means how high floodwater reaches before they agree to be evacuated.

31 Mar 2013 | Diary of a typhoon, December 2012
ESSCNews shares this write-up by Pedro Walpole when the Bendum community was caught during the onslaught of typhoon Pablo in early December 2012. This story is reprinted from APC.

19 Feb 2013 | Streamlining and improving disaster response
When Typhoon Ondoy hit in 2009, citizens of Metro Manila rapidly mobilized to respond to the needs of those affected by the massive flooding.

19 Feb 2013 | Re-building is worse after typhoon Pablo
More than two months after Typhoon Pablo (international name Bopha) hit the eastern coast of Mindanao, some 198,000 families are still trying to repair their homes, even in the midst of daily monsoon rains.

12 Feb 2013 | Living with the youth and the environment
While they may be younger than the generation that makes decisions in their community, they are not those same children who can simply play, eat, and study without thinking and reflecting on what surrounds them.

12 Feb 2013 | Understanding our soils
With the pressure of commercial farming, soils in the Upper Pulangi area in northern Mindanao, Philippines are becoming just physical material holding a plant in place, allowing for water infiltration, and distributing fertilizers and chemicals.

5 Feb 2013 | ESSC’s seven points in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation
In a recent civil society and government conference on climate change adaptation and planning for disaster risk reduction and management, ESSC Research Director Pedro Walpole shared seven specific points that are critical to consider in responding to the Philippine context.

5 Feb 2013 | Bendum, an emerging center for ecology
A group of professionals from Australia recently visited Bendum, exploring ways of assisting and supporting the emergence of Bendum as a center for ecology.

5 Feb 2013 | Tools in improving DRR
One of the tools Dr Marquez presented is the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling that has great potential in improving the way we plan for disasters.

4 Dec 2012 | GIS use in DRR, land and water management
ESSC presented an ongoing research initiative on Emerging Geospatial Technologies for Local Level Disaster Risk Reduction and Management: An ESSC Experience” during the 6th Conference and 14th General Assembly of the GIS 8 Network in Tacloban, Leyte last 15 November.

21 Mar 2012 | APC experience in mother tongue-based education
ESSC and the Apu Palamguwan Cultural Education Center (APC) share the two-part feature story on APC’s experience in implementing culture-based education using the mother tongue.

3 Jan 2012 | Effect of rising seas on water levels: Records from Manila and Davao
The increasing volume of the world’s ocean has been observed using various measurements that include a global coverage of sea surface heights by satellite altimeters and relative sea level by tide gauges at various locations.

3 Jan 2012 | 10 tasks in responding to future Sendongs
Dean Antonio “Tony” LaViña of the Ateneo School of Government and who is from Cagayan de Oro (CDO) City shared 10 tasks we need to undertake and focus attention on if we are to respond meaningfully and effectively to future Sendongs.

19 Sep 2012 | Eight points about education in Bendum
In the course of my engagement with the Pulangiyen youth, I have learned that to be an effective “teacher”, I have to accompany the youth with their dreams – to learn and be able to act together and decide like adults.

26 Apr 2011 | ESSC explores synergies with Ateneo de Davao University
The current partnership between ESSC and Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) was further enhanced when 17 of AdDU’s faculty and staff undertook an exploratory visit to Sitio Bendum, Malaybalay, Bukidnon last 9 to 12 April 2011.

31 Aug 2010 | Committing to youth education in Cambodia
My country critically needs highly qualified, educated and proactive citizens to help uplift our society from the current status quo witnessed by huge gaps between “the what should be,” “the what could be,” and “the what is.”

10 Dec 2009 | Responding to the Environmental Extremes and the Economics of the Times – Part 2
In a span of two months from late September to early November, the Philippines was hit by three typhoons that flooded majority of Manila and Central Luzon, and caused massive landslides in Northern Luzon.

25 Oct 2009 | Responding to the Environmental Extremes and the Economics of the Times
Walking down the riverbeds and around the deltas, it is easy to see people getting on with their lives in ways that are covering up the scars of disaster: an ongoing environmental crisis of management.

19 Feb 2007 | The Aurora-Quezon-Nueva Ecija disaster
A statement on the disaster that happened in 2004, costing 2,000 peoples lives. The article discusses the various factors including; climate change, forestry, the nature of landslides and the response to the disaster.

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