May 21: Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Resilience in the Philippines
Monday, May 21, 2018
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Venue: The Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines
Chancery Annex Building, 2nd floor
1617 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20036
A Lecture Presentation
Please join us for a discussion with geologist Dr. Renato U. Solidum, Jr. on disaster risk management and resilience-building in the Philippines. With a population of over 100 million, located atop on the “Ring of Fire” and astride the Pacific Ocean’s typhoon belt, the Philippines ranks as among the world’s most vulnerable countries. Dr. Solidum will address steps taken by the Philippines to marshal government, educational and private sector resources to meet these challenges in era of global climate change.
Undersecretary Dr. Solidum is a recognized expert in Geochemistry, Marine Geology, Volcano and Earthquake Geology, Geologic Hazards Assessment and Awareness, and Earth Science Education.
Dr. Solidum is the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Undersecretary for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation. He heads Phivolcs (Philippine Institute of Volcanology & Seismology), a service institute of DOST, tasked to mitigate the effects of earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and other related geotectonic phenomena.
In 2010, Dr. Solidum received the Presidential Lingkod Bayan award for raising the bar of disaster risk reduction and initiating a nationwide mapping program in the Philippines.
Dr. Solidum holds a Master’s Degree in Geological Science from the University of Illinois and completed his PhD in Earth Science at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, University of California in San Diego.
The event is co-sponsored by US-Philippines Society and the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines