SorSU DRRMO flies to Bangkok, Thailand – joins 2nd International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Management, benchmarks at Chulalongkorn University-Graduate School & Asian Institute of Technology

Sorsogon State University – Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (SorSU DRRMO), headed by Prof. Saturnino C. Carranza (Director, SorSU DRRMO), together with Prof. Achilles G. Honasan (DRRM Coordinator, SorSU-Castilla Campus) and Prof. Ryan D. Remolacio (Administration and Training Officer, University-Based DRRMO), joined and partook at the 2๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜Š๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜Š๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜‹๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜™๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฌ ๐˜™๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต held at Amari Don Muang Airport Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand from May 29 – June 02, 2023.

With the theme: โ€œ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ท๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜—๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฑ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜Š๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜š๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜‹๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ˆ๐˜š๐˜Œ๐˜ˆ๐˜• ๐˜™๐˜ฆ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏโ€, the five-day international conference formally commenced with welcome messages from Prof. Kazuo Yamamoto (President, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand), proceeded by H.E. Millicent Cruz Paredes (Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to the Kingdom of Thailand & Permanent Representative to United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific [UNESCAP]) and Dr. Ricmar P. Aquino (President, Isabela State University & IO-CCA-DRR, Philippines), respectively.

Dr. Orlando F. Balderama (Vice President for Research and Development, Extension and Training [RDET], Isabela State University) provided the conference overview and the introduction of the participants, while H.E. Bernard Faustino M. Dy (Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to the Swiss Confederation and Principality of Liechtenstein, Switzerland) delivered an inspirational message before the participants and attendees.

During the afternoon, eight (8) plenary sessions transpired with various topics relative to integrating climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction management at the local-level planning. Meanwhile, the participants were given the privilege to choose different areas of specialization on the Day 2 of the event, which consisted of three simultaneous discussion sessions. Prof. Carranza joined the session on ๐˜Š๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜™๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜Š๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฎ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด. Prof. Honasan attended the session on ๐˜Š๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ-๐˜ˆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ˆ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด, whereas Prof. Remolacio partook in the session on ๐˜Š๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ-๐˜™๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ž๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ/๐˜™๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜‰๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต. Moreover, researches conducted by the Filipino participants were also presented and evaluated.

In addition, on Day 4 of their international travel, the SorSU DRRM officials engaged in a benchmarking activity at Chulalongkorn University-Graduate School to gain more knowledge and meaningful insights about the Universityโ€™s ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜š๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜™๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฌ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜‹๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต (๐˜”๐˜š ๐˜™๐˜‹๐˜”) as well as the different programs of its Graduate School. Meanwhile, Sorsogon State University, the ๐˜—๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜—๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ, was introduced to the Chulalongkorn University-Graduate School officials by the Director of SorSU DRRMO through a video presentation as well as the DRRM Office and its various events and activities through a PowerPoint presentation. Moreover, Chulalongkorn University is also open to further collaborations and partnerships beneficial to both institutions. They were accommodated by Asst. Prof. Pol Sub. Lt. Dr. Pachanut Nunthaitaweekul (Deputy Director of the Risk and Disaster Management Program) and Dr. Puntita Tanwattana (Secretary of the Graduate School).

Furthermore, the SorSU DRRMO were also given an opportunity to join the visit of the Cagayan Valley Agricultural, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (CVAARD) Group at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand, where they visited the Water Engineering Department of AIT. They also visited the other facilities of AIT, its e-learning activities, rooms for group studies, conference hall, a โ€œbrainstormingโ€ room, and study areas, including a knowledge garden.

During a short discussion of SorSU DRRM officials with Prof. Shobhakar Dhakal (Vice President for Academic Affairs, AIT); Mr. Shawn P. Kelly (Executive Director, AIT – Office of International and Public Affairs); and Dr. Sumana Shrestha (Director, AIT – International Affairs), the AIT officials emphasized that they are open to collaborate with SorSU in different areas of concerns. AIT offers post-graduate studies in engineering, sciences, technology, agriculture, and even a doctorate in DRRM. Likewise, they are also interested in joining future research conferences by the Sorsogon State University. (SorSU PIO)