2019 World Bosai Forum, Sendai, Japan

Session Title: Fostering U-INSPIRE Alliance – Asia and the Pacific Youth and Young Professionals in Science, Engineering, Technology, and Innovation for DRR

As President of U-INSPIRE Philippines, I shared in the session organized by UNESCO Office Jakarta on November 11, 2019 at the Sendai International Center the establishment and the past, current, and future activities of our young organization. U-INSPIRE is the new Asian platform for youth participation and leadership in disaster risk reduction.

2019 IDMR Meeting with Research Collaborators in the Philippines

Between September 30 and October 4, 2019, Prof. Gretchen Kalonji, Dean of IDMR, and I met with current and potential research collaborators in the Philippines: (1) Manila Observatory, Ateneo de Manila University; (2) University of the Philippines Resilience Institute; and Mindanao Center for Resiliency, Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology.

2018 KLASICA Taipei Symposium, Taipei, Taiwan

Organized by the Risk Society and Policy Research Center (RSPRC), National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan. The case study that I shared was titled “Disaster Scenarios and Resilience Action Plans as Narratives for Sustainable Futures.”

2018 International Conference for the Decade Memory of the Wenchuan Earthquake, Chengdu, China

Reunion in May 2018 in Chengdu, China with my Sensei, Prof. Rajib Shaw of Keio University, Japan, and Dai Senpais, Prof. Akhilesh Surjan of Darwin University, Australia and Prof. Md. Anwarul Abedin of Bangladesh Agriculture University

2017 Knowledge-Action Network Scoping Workshop, Tokyo, Japan

Attending the Knowledge-Action Network workshop as an IRDR Young Scientist

2017 Advanced Institute on Knowledge-based Actions for Disaster Risk Reduction (AI-KBA), Taipei, Taiwan

Organized by the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk International Centre of Excellence, Taipei (IRDR ICoE-Taipei) and Academia Sinica

2017 Global Summit of Research Institutes for Disaster Risk Reduction, Kyoto, Japan

My alma mater, Kyoto University, and my current employer, Sichuan University, are both members of the Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GADRI)

2015 HOPE Meeting with Nobel Laureates, Tokyo, Japan

I was one of two representatives from the Philippines and one of the very few who attended the 7th HOPE Meeting coming from a social science background. I was awestruck meeting Nobel Prize winners up close! A pity I wasn’t able to have a photo with Prof. Dan Shechtman. He was one of my favorites.

2013 Fundraising for Post-Typhoon Haiyan Reconstruction, Kyoto City

I was President of the Kyoto Association of Pinoy Scholars (KAPS) when we collected donations for post-Typhoon Haiyan reconstruction. We were able to collect 728,932 yen (350,000 pesos), which we then remitted to the Leyte and Bohol chapters of Philippine Red Cross.

2013 Global Center of Excellence Program in Sustainability/Survivability Science for a Resilient Society Adaptable to Extreme Weather Conditions (GCOE-ARS) Symposium, Kyoto University

With former Indian labmate, now Dr. Rajarshi DasGupta

2013 Emergency Drill for Foreigners, Kyoto International Community House

2013 International Center for Human Resource Development in Environmental Management (EML Program) Junior Campus, Kyoto University

Showcasing our work to Japanese high school students to encourage them to pursue a degree in Environmental Management. With me in the photo were fellow PhD students from China, Peru, and Nepal.

2013 Kyoto City Comprehensive Disaster Drill

While I was still living in Kyoto, I regularly joined the annual disaster drills. The Kyoto City International Foundation (KCIF) invites foreigners to participate in the disaster preparedness initiatives of the city. As former president of the Kyoto Association of Pinoy Scholars, I always encouraged our members to be engaged in this kind of non-formal DRR education.

2013 Expert Consultation on Developing Guidelines on Climate Change Education at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

My labmates and I were invited to be observers at the expert consultation. Each of us wrote a country report which was used as one of the bases for the guidelines on climate change education.

2010 UNESCO-MoET-ASEM Lifelong Learning Forum, Hanoi, Vietnam

I did a two-month internship at the UNESCO Hanoi Office. One of my tasks was to assist in the documentation of the Lifelong Learning Forum.