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LGUs must plan early to juggle pandemic response with typhoons – expert

May 23, 2020 - 8:30 AM

Typhoon season could complicate the coronavirus crisis – with evacuation centers used as quarantine facilities and calamity funds spent. We need to plan now before it's too late, says an expert.

FLOOD. Typhoon Ambo floods Las Navas town in Northern Samar. Photo from Teacher FA Abuque and Northern Samar Provincial Information Office

Rappler Talk: Mahar Lagmay on dealing with typhoons amid COVID-19 pandemic

May 22, 2020 - 10:13 AM

The disaster response expert talks about how government should prepare for typhoon season amid coronavirus lockdowns

Luzon-wide lockdown after April 30 not needed, health experts tell Duterte

Apr 21, 2020 - 4:08 PM

But 'enhanced community quarantine' should still be imposed in Metro Manila, Calabarzon, parts of Bulacan, Cebu City, and Davao City, say experts consulted by the President

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on April 20, 2020. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Rappler Talk: How Pinatubo lahar affected Pampanga during the April 22 earthquake

Apr 28, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Rappler speaks to Mahar Lagmay, UP Resilience Institute Executive Director, on the impact of the earthquake in Pampanga and the factors that led to it

Wrong forecast worsened Usman death toll in Bicol – expert

Jan 06, 2019 - 9:57 AM

(UPDATED) Late warnings and a lack of hazard awareness also played a role, says disaster scientist and Project NOAH director Mahar Lagmay

DEATH TOLL. Tropical Depression Usman causes heavy flooding and leaves more than 100 people in Bicol dead. Photo courtesy of Mahar Lagmay

U.P. NOAH merges science, humanities in disaster risk reduction

Jul 01, 2018 - 4:00 PM

How has NOAH or the Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards changed since the project moved to the University of the Philippines?

Pass law on easy data access to save lives from disasters – Lagmay

Apr 22, 2018 - 6:50 PM

'A lot of scientists have agreed that data should be made open. It's for the public good. It's for humanity,' says UP Resilience Institute executive director Mahar Lagmay

OPEN DATA. UP Resilience Institute Executive Director Mahar Lagmay says that keeping data open is important in preparing for disasters. Rappler screenshot

Rappler Talk: U.P. Resilience Institute Director Mahar Lagmay on open data and disaster resilience

Apr 21, 2018 - 12:38 PM

One of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, the Philippines is exposed to several natural hazards such as floods, storm surge, landslides, and earthquakes

How to prepare for floods

Dec 29, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Rappler talks to NOAH executive director Mahar Lagmay on how Filipinos can prepare for floods

FLOOD. This file photo shows waist-deep flooding in Marikina on August 2016. File Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Catch these speakers at the Agos Summit on Disaster Preparedness

Jul 07, 2017 - 5:40 AM

Learn from champions experts and practitioners of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation at the Agos Summit this Friday and Saturday

WATCH: UP Resilience Institute is Project NOAH's new home

Jun 23, 2017 - 6:45 PM

A few days before the country observes the National Disaster Consciousness Month in July the University of the Philippines officially relaunches Project NOAH

UP NOAH. UP Resilience Institute executive director Mahar Lagmay (1st from L) and UP President Danilo Concepcion (4th from R) welcome disaster risk reduction champions during the relaunch of the institute, Project NOAH's new home, on June 21, 2017. Photo by Vee Salazar/Rappler

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Feb 24, 2017 - 3:13 PM

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'New lease on life': UP adopts Project NOAH

Feb 24, 2017 - 11:35 AM

Project NOAH has literally been a lifesaver for millions of Filipinos threatened by natural disasters like floods landslides and storm surges UP is happy to welcome it into its fold says UP president Danilo Concepcion

PAGASA defends its scientists amid Project NOAH turnover

Feb 14, 2017 - 8:48 PM

State weather bureau PAGASA says it has received criticism on the agency s credibility resulting to resentment and demoralization among the employees

CREDIBILITY. State weather bureau PAGASA holds a press conference on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, after receiving comments questioning their credibility as a warning agency. Photo by Gwen de la Cruz/

Project NOAH 'not just about the technology' – Lagmay

Jan 31, 2017 - 12:52 PM

We have invested heavily on human resources says NOAH head Mahar Lagmay; Our intention is to maintain these disaster scientists

MORE THAN TECH. Staff of Project NOAH at work. Rappler file photo

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 31, 2017

Jan 31, 2017 - 11:10 AM

Hello Here s a round up of news you need to know this Tuesday

How does Project NOAH contribute to PH's disaster management?

Jan 30, 2017 - 8:29 PM

The country s flagship disaster prevention and mitigation program aids Filipinos during times of calamity Here s what you need to know

Pagasa to take over Project NOAH, says DOST

Jan 30, 2017 - 5:40 PM

Project NOAH has reached its completion and project ending date New project proposals are welcome if there is a new study to be made the science department says

Disaster responders urge Duterte to #SaveProjectNOAH

Jan 30, 2017 - 4:37 PM

Project NOAH has averted at least 13 disasters since it was introduced in 2012

Gov't to stop Project NOAH due to 'lack of funds'

Jan 29, 2017 - 8:30 PM

UPDATED Project NOAH which provides real time weather data and hazard maps for communities will only run until February 28

DISASTER. The government is set to stop Project NOAH, its flagship disaster initiative, by March 2017 due to 'lack of funds.'

Project NOAH issues storm surge advisories

Dec 25, 2016 - 3:55 PM

UPDATED Project NOAH raises Storm Surge Advisories 1 and 2 in a number of municipalities in 5 provinces – Quezon Camarines Sur Albay Masbate and Sorsogon

How Typhoon Nina compares to Milenyo, Santi, Glenda

Dec 24, 2016 - 8:35 PM

Typhoon Nina could wreak havoc in the same way that past typhoons Milenyo Santi and Glenda brought extensive damage

SIMILARITIES. Project NOAH executive director Mahar Lagmay says typhoons Nina, Milenyo and Glenda have some similarities. Photo from Mahar Lagmay's Facebook account

Rappler Talk: Technology, disasters, and climate change

Sep 16, 2016 - 2:50 PM

On Friday September 16 Rappler will interview Dr Alfredo Mahar Lagmay of Project NOAH to discuss the role of technology in disaster preparedness and addressing climate change

WATCH: Rappler, GEN host hackathon for leading media orgs in PH

Jul 07, 2016 - 11:54 AM

Leading media networks in the country will gather for a two day hackathon to create news app prototypes that can be used during disasters

#Du30Cabinet Watch: Netizens suggest Mahar Lagmay for DOST

May 27, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Who could be the next Department of Science and Technology DOST head in the Duterte administration? Netizens weigh in

Project Noah revamps disaster management platform

Dec 12, 2015 - 9:14 PM

The improved website contains more hazard maps ranging from storm surge landslide to debris flow plus detailed barangay flood hazard maps

NEW PLATFORM. The new look and added features of Project Noah website make it more informative and faster to use. Screengrab from Project Noah website

Power to empower: DOST Project Agimat launched in Marikina

Oct 12, 2015 - 10:24 PM

How would you send messages when communication lines are cut off during a disaster? An instant messaging platform may be the answer

SIGNING OF MOA. (From Left to Right) Marikina Vice Mayor Jose Fabian Cadiz, Open Garden Global Marketing Head Marina Azcarate and Project NOAH Executive Director Mahar Lagmay sign the memorandum of agreement for Project Agimat. Photo by Joey Ramos/City Government of Marikina

Project NOAH is official map for Yolanda rehab

Oct 10, 2015 - 6:06 PM

Confused which multi hazard map to use? Project NOAH maps are the official ones says NOAH Executive Director Mahar Lagmay

Photo from AFP

UP disaster scientist wins top European geosciences award

Apr 16, 2015 - 11:09 PM

UPDATED Europe’s premier geosciences union recognizes Dr Alfredo Mahar Lagmay for his outstanding work on volcanic hazards earthquakes typhoons landslides and floods

Typhoon Hagupit, PAGASA on COA, HK protesters surrender | The wRap

Dec 03, 2014 - 7:15 PM

Typhoon Hagupit is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility Thursday Weather authorities cry foul on reports alleging PAGASA is incapable of properly warning the country against storms 3 Occupy Hong Kong leaders surrender

Ill-equipped agency? Story on COA audit of PAGASA 'misleading'

Dec 03, 2014 - 9:52 AM

Inquirer report based on 2013 Commission on Audit data says officials; Story demoralizing to scientists employees of state weather bureau

4 things that kill during typhoons

Oct 09, 2014 - 8:43 AM

Because information is critical during disasters media plays a crucial role as mediator between government and citizens says Science and Technology Assistant Secretary Raymund Liboro

BETTER REPORTING. Science and Technology Assistant Secretary Raymund Liboro says the media is the 'mediator' between government and citizens during disasters. File photo from the DOST website

How can we prepare for storm surges?

Jul 23, 2014 - 7:27 PM

Can an archipelago like the Philippines with thousands of coastal communities really mitigate the effects of storm surges brought by extreme weather conditions?

NEW MODEL. Dr Keqi Zhang discusses the US NOAA system for giving storm surge forecasts. Photo by David Lozada/ Rappler

More than 5,000 PH villages have flood hazard maps – DOST

Jul 22, 2014 - 8:45 PM

The country s disaster readiness program Project NOAH has provided local flood hazard maps and 7 day weather forecasts since it was launched two years ago

EARLY WARNING. Project NOAH has surveyed major river basins like the Marikina River Basin to generate flood hazard maps for nearby villages. Photo by Estelita Dalmacio

Singson, Lagmay, Ella receive TOFIL awards

Jan 29, 2014 - 4:13 PM

Forester Arsenio Ella Executive Director of Project NOAH Dr Mahar Lagmay and Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson are the 2014 Outstanding Filipino awardees

GOVERNMENT WORKERS. Sec Rogelio Singson, forester Arsenio Ella and Dr Mahar Lagmay accept their Outstanding Filipino awards. Malacañang Photo Bureau

Equating storm surge to tsunami 'dangerous' – expert

Nov 27, 2013 - 1:44 PM

Saying the two phenomena are similar is inaccurate dangerous and irresponsible says Project NOAH s Mahar Lagmay

STORM SURGE AFTERMATH. A ship washed ashore by storm surges during the height of Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) sits atop crushed houses in Tacloban, Leyte in November 25, 2013. AFP/Noel Celis

Storm surge warning system ready by Dec 2014

Nov 26, 2013 - 8:28 PM

The new technology will provide high resolution real time simulations of storm surges that can be used to save lives

IN THE PATH OF A STORM SURGE. Project NOAH was able to predict a day before Typhoon Yolanda that Tacloban would experience a 4.5-meter (14.7 feet) storm surge. Screen shot from Facebook video of Karl Jake

LiDAR flood maps completed for disaster risk reduction

Oct 17, 2013 - 9:01 PM

A team has completed mapping floodplain data for 17 of the total 18 critical river basins across the country

Preparedness key to disaster risk reduction

Sep 22, 2013 - 6:36 PM

When it comes to disasters preparedness is always better than response

Helping out: Disaster response and volunteerism

Sep 22, 2013 - 12:39 AM

The Social Good Summit s afternoon panels discuss disaster readinesss and response and the power of volunteerism

HELPING OTHERS. Ros Juan talks to the crowd about #RescuePH and volunteerism.

Is PH ready for liftoff?

Feb 28, 2013 - 10:05 AM

Is the Philippines ready and capable to have its own space program?

Debris flow: Legazpi City in 2006, New Bataan in 2012

Dec 10, 2012 - 10:40 PM

If the terrain is really dangerous people local governments and aid groups can only do so much

DEBRIS FIELD. A family carrying food relief for victims of Typhoon Pablo (Bopha) walks along a river as they head for home in the village of Andap in the town of New Bataan in the Compostela Valley province on December 8, 2012. AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

ComVal Governor: We didn’t expect this damage

Dec 06, 2012 - 1:25 PM

ComVal officials say they did not expect the extent of the damage from Pablo but DENR execs say there were warned

GRIEF. Residents of New Bataan, Compostela Valley identify the remains of victims of the flooding and landslide in the area, caused by typhoon Pablo (Bopha), December 5, 2012. Photo by Karlos Manlupig.

Project NOAH servers latest victim of cyberattack

Oct 04, 2012 - 11:51 AM

Data servers for the Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards NOAH website were not spared from the cyberattacks aimed at government website

IN PHOTOS: The Social Good Dialogue

Sep 25, 2012 - 12:47 AM

Missed the iPHLgood: The Social Good Dialogue last Saturday September 22 2012? See it here in photos

Rainfall over Metro surpasses 'Ondoy'

Aug 07, 2012 - 4:10 PM

Rainfall during the past 22 hours has surpassed the rainfall recorded during tropical storm Ondoy in 2009

Freak weather event caused Sunday rains - Pagasa

Jul 31, 2012 - 6:00 PM

Top DOST officials defend weather bureau Pagasa after criticism that the public was not informed properly Sunday evening s freak weather

Project NOAH: Advocating a culture of safety

Jun 28, 2012 - 8:01 PM

The Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards or NOAH is the government s newest project designed to help address the perennial problems brought by ill informed decision in the face of disasters

#TalkThursday: Project Noah

Jun 28, 2012 - 12:04 PM

Rappler talks to DOST s Dr Mahar Lagmay on the website designed to be a nationwide mitigation system Project Noah

13-M hectare Benham Rise lifts Pinoy spirits

May 03, 2012 - 3:29 PM

Experts say the Philippine government should now pass an order or a law to determine the boundaries of its continental shelf

UNDERWATER PLATEAU. Found near Aurora, the 13-million hectare Benham Rise is part of Philippine territory. Screen grab from a document the Philippines submitted to UN