2006 YP Workshop Lectures

Session 1: Disasters and Sustainable Development

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Lecture: Localizing the UN MDGs Through Disaster Risk Mitigation

Speaker: Blenn Huelgas

UN-Habitat

Mr. Blenn Huelgas works as a disaster mitigation specialist for the Philippine office of UN-Habitat, the United Nations agency for human settlements mandated to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. He previously worked as the Director of the Basic Sector Unit of the National Anti-Poverty Commission.

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UN Millenium Development Goals

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Lecture: Fundamentals of Community-Based Disaster Risk Management

Speaker: Ms. Mayfourth D. Luneta

Center for Disaster Preparedness (CDP)

Ms. Mayfourth Luneta is the Senior Program Officer and Trainer of the Center for Disaster Preparedness (CDP), a resource center in community based disaster risk management (CBDRM). Aside from conducting training on CBDRM, she is also a resource person on the following topics: Emergency Health, Natural Healing, Community Organizing, Breastfeeding in Emergency Situations, Team Building, Emergency Response Management, Evacuation Center Management, Leadership Training, Evacuation Drills and Simulation. She recently received a research grant for Child-Oriented Participatory Risk Assessment and Planning in Barangay Banaba, San Mateo, Rizal. She has a Masters in Public Health from the Adventist University of the Philippines and a Bachelor of Science in Community Development from the College of Social Work and Community Development in the University of the Philippines-Diliman.

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Fundamentals of CBDRM

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Lecture: Implications of Natural and Human-Triggered Hazards in Human Settlements Development

Speaker: Dr. Laura T. David

UP Marine Science Institute

Dr. Laura T. David is the Deputy Director for Instruction of the Marine Science Institute in the University of the Philippines – Diliman. She is also the President of the Board of Directors of TAO-Pilipinas. She has a PhD in Physical Oceanography from the University of South Carolina, USA and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. Her academic interests include the marginal sea circulation and dispersion of pollutants, nutrients, plankton and larvae; ocean remote sensing as it relates to productivity and coastal habitat classification; and the biogeochemistry and physical processes in the coastal zone, specifically how human activities affect and alter the ecological function of coastal lagoons and estuaries. She has been involved in research in the Philippine coast and adjacent waters; in mapping and modelling the vulnerability to human impact of coral reefs in the Southeast Asia region; and identifying and prioritising critical areas for management, protection and preservation in the Sulu-Sulawesi Sea.

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Natural and Human-Triggered Hazards

Session 2: Mechanisms for Disaster Mitigation

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Lecture: Participatory GIS mapping for Disaster Preparedness in Communities

Speaker: Dr. Rhodora Gonzales

UP Geodetic Engineering Department

Dr. Rhodora Gonzales is the Chair of the Department of Geodetic Engineering and Director of the Training Center for Applied Geodesy and Photogrammetry, College of Engineering, University of the Philippines Diliman. She has been involved in participatory GIS mapping projects with indigenous communities such as the Ifugao.

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Participatory GIS Mapping for Disaster Preparedness

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Lecture: Environmental Impact Assessment of Development Projects

Speaker: Ms. Armie Jean Perez
Seastems, Inc.

Armie Jean Perez is a project manager and associate consultant for Seastems, Inc., a consulting group specializing in environmental impact assessment. She has been involved in the environmental impact assessment of numerous land development, infrastructure and mining projects since 1998. Her land development projects include the Environmental Performance Report and Management Plan of the La Mesa Ecopark, the Bohol Tourism Master Plan, and the CCP Cultural and Ecotourism Ecozone Project. She also has experience in geological and geohazard assessment. Projects in this field include assessment of the Ozamiz City Sanitary Landfill, Montalban Landfill Project, NAIA Flood Control, and the First Gas Natural Pipeline Project. She is currently taking up an M.S. in Environmental Science in the University of the Philippines Diliman. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the U.P. National Institute of Geological Sciences.

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EIA Assessment of Development Projects

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Lecture: Recent Developments in Geo-Hazards Mapping in the Philippines

Speaker: Dr. Karlo Queaño

DENR-Mines and Geosciences Bureau

Dr. Karlo Queaño is a Senior Science Research Specialist in the Urban Geology Section of the Lands Geological Survey Division of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau. His work includes engineering geological and geohazard assessment, geological site scoping, and geological mapping. He has a Ph.D in Earth Sciences from the University of Hongkong, a Masters of Science in Petroleum Geosciences from the University of Brunei Darussalam, and a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of the Philippines in Diliman. Aside from his work in MGB, he is also a research consultant for the Rushurgent Working Group in the National Institute of Geological Sciences in U.P. Diliman. He has been working in MGB since 1999. He also taught at the U.P. National Institute of Geological Sciences from 1993 to 1998.

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Recent Developments in Geo-Hazards Mapping

Session 3: Learning from Disasters

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Lecture: People-Driven Post-Disaster Reconstruction and Rehabilitation in Banda Aceh, Indonesia:
Eco-Village Concept

Speaker: Arch. Gertrudes C. Samson

TAO-Pilipinas, Inc.

Gertrudes Samson is the program coordinator of the Human Settlements and Environment Program and OIC – Executive Director of TAO-Pilipinas. She has a Master of Architecture in Human Settlements from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of the Philippines in Diliman. Before working for TAO-Pilipinas, she worked for Habitat for Humanity Philippines, a non-profit ecumenical Christian housing ministry involved in building homes for disadvantaged Filipino families. She also worked as program coordinator for the people’s organization Samahan Para sa Angkop na Pabahay ng San Pablo Apostol (SAPSPA) and as a project officer for Alternative Planning Initiatives (ALTERPLAN), a non-profit, non-government organization focusing on the promotion and advocacy of integrated socio-physical planning.

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People Driven Post Disaster Reconstruction and Rehabilitation

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Lecture: Synthesis of the Geological and Meteorological Hazards in REINA, Quezon Province

Speaker: Mr. John T. Ong

Manila Observatory

Mr. John T. Ong received the Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Award in 2003 for community service. A scientist working for the Environmental Research Division of the Manila Observatory in Ateneo de Manila University, he has pursued studies on community mapping, groundwater sourcing and environmental impact analysis for tribal communities such as the Mangyan, Dumagat, Talaandig, Aeta, and Ibaloy. He has a Master of Science in Geology from the University of the Philippines and Bachelor of Science in Physics from Ateneo de Manila University.

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John Ong’s Presentation

Session 4: Strategies and Best Practices for Community-based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) in Social Housing

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Lecture: Building Materials & Systems: An Evaluation on the Production & Use of Building Materials

Speaker: Engr. Daniel S. Mostrales
MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology

Engr. Daniel S. Mostrales is a faculty member of the Department of Civil Engineering of the College of Engineering of the Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT). He is also the coordinator of the Appropriate Technology Transfer Center of the Technology and Promotions Unit under the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension. He has a Masters of Engineering in Water Resources Engineering from the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok, Thailand, and a Diploma in an International Course in Housing, Planning and Building from the Institute of Housing Studies in Rotterdam, Netherlands. He currently serves as a technical consultant in the design and construction of housing units for Habitat for Humanity Philippines and J.F. Ledesma Foundation. Part of his work in J.F. Ledesma Foundation is serving as the national coordinator of the Young Professionals Program.

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Building Materials and Systems

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Lecture: Disaster-Resilient Building Technologies for Socialized Housing

Speaker: Arch. Gertrudes C. Samson

TAO-Pilipinas, Inc.

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Disaster Resistant Technologies

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Lecture: River Basin and Coastal Settlements of Vietnam Mekong Delta

Speaker: Arch./EnP. Arlene Christy D. Lusterio
TAO-Pilipinas, Inc.

Arlene Christy Lusterio is the Executive Director of TAO-Pilipinas. She is also a licensed architect and environmental planner. She recently came back from a study leave to do research on river basin and coastal settlements in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, as part of a Research Fellowship given by the Asian Scholarship Foundation. She has a Master of Architecture in Human Settlements from the Department of Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of the Philippines. She worked as an architect-planner for Planning Resources Operations Systems (PROS), an urban planning firm, from 1997 to 2000. She has also worked as coordinator for the Philippine Institute for Alternative Futures, and Building Alliances for Action and Initiatives (BALAI), and as a project architect for the people’s organization Samahan para sa Angkop na Pabahay ng San Pablo Apostol (SAPSPA).

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River Basin and Coastal Settlements in Vietnam Mekong Delta

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Lecture: Participatory Tools and Best Practices in CBDRM

Speaker: Ms. Lorna P. Victoria

Center for Disaster Preparedness (CDP)

Ms. Lorna P. Victoria is the Program Director and Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Center for Disaster Preparedness (CDP), a resource center in community based disaster risk management (CBDRM). She has been conducting training and consultancy work on CBDRM since 1985. Her most recent project is the development of lesson plans and training materials for a Pilot Regional Course on Disaster Risk Management and Governance for the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center. She also co-authored the book Citizenry-Based and Development Oriented Disaster Response, a sourcebook on community-based disaster management for practitioners and agencies/organizations involved in disaster management. She is also a licensed environmental planner. She has a Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning from the School of Urban and Regional Planning in the University of the Philippines – Diliman, and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

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Participatory Approaches and Best Practices in CBDRM