Silliman convenes team for joint assessment of flood vulnerabilities
by Jennifer Catan-Tilos
Dumaguete City (February 15) -- Silliman University has convened immediately some pool of faculties to do rapid assessment of the vulnerabilities to flooding of the Silliman campus after February 7 flashfloods in Dumaguete City.
According to Director Marc Raygan Garcia of the Office of Information and Publications of Silliman University, the same assessment was also done by the Civil Engineering Department and Building and Grounds Department of the University on areas in Dumaguete where flooding was reported to be at its worst.
This move is to help ensure higher levels of preparedness among the residents. It is also aimed at developing mechanisms that could be used to mitigate potential destructiveness of similar occurrences in both immediate and long term planning.
In line with this, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo also wanted to consolidate all government efforts to move in one direction so the country will have a cohesive and integrated action framework against climate change.
Experts said just like anywhere in the world, the Philippines has been experiencing temperature spikes brought about by climate change.
It has been observed that warming is experienced most in the northern and southern regions of the country (northern Luzon and Mindanao) while Metro Manila has warmed less than most parts.
Extreme weather conditions have also occurred more frequently since 1980. These include deadly and damaging typhoons, floods, landslides, severe El Niņo and La Niņa phenomena, drought, and forest fires.
There has been an odd change in the recent rainfall patterns in Negros Oriental. Over the past two months, typhoons entering the Philippine area of responsibility has its lower latitudes and a more West-Northwest direction, often transiting the Central Visayas. This has caused extraordinary high precipitation in the province.
The continues rains from the evening of February 6 to the evening of February 7 wee said to be unusual, and when combined with high tide events, the flooding that it caused was considered the worst in Dumaguete history.
Silliman University extends its sympathies to its some faculties and staff and their respective families who were not spared from it.
As an academic institution, Silliman University recognizes its responsibility to facilitate sustainable development and ensure the safety and welfare of its constituencies.
Director Garcia said that there is a need to establish a multi-sectoral collaboration in preventing the exacerbation of the consequences of natural calamities. He said that it is necessary to evaluate the infrastructure and civil works on the extent of preventing the risks to life and property. (PIA/jct) [top]