ORDEX Launches Haiyan Conversations

The Office of Research & Development, and Extension Services launched “Haiyan Conversations” to mark the 8th anniversary of the devastating storm Haiyan/Yolanda on November 8, 2021 at 10:00- 12:00 in the morning.

Academician Alvin Culaba of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) and Dr. Ma. Cristina I.Caintic, former VP-RDE of Eastern Visayas State University and an Associate Member of the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) hosted the event.

Dr. Alfredo Mahar Francisco A. Lagmay, professor at the University of the Philippines Diliman’s National Institute of Geological Sciences and the Executive Director of UP Resilience Institute, discussed the science, severity, effect, and whether or not Haiyan was the strongest typhoon.

Additionally, three panels of reactors presented their views on Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. The first reactor was Dr. Alfredo F. Quiblat, Jr., the representative of the Deputy Administrator for Administration and Engineering Services and Oversight of PAGASA Regional Services in the Visayas, Dr. Nathaniel Servando.

The second reactor was the Director III, Administrative and Financial Management Services of the Office of Civil Defense in Manila and the Regional Director of the Office of Civil Defense stationed in this region. A survivor of Haiyan himself, Dr. Edgar L. Posadas.

The third reactor was Mr. Getulio Maraya, Jr., the public information officer and board member of the Tacloban Federation of Senior Citizens Association and the publisher of Newsmonger, a local community newspaper circulated in Tacloban City and Eastern Visayas.

Five hundred fifteen (515) attendees graced the said webinar with the presence of the Key Officials of Eastern Visayas State University – Dr. Dennis C. de Paz, University President, Dr. Benedicto T. Militante, Jr.,VP-RDE, Dr. Pearl Aphrodite Bobon-Carnice, Research Director, Prof. Faustito Aure, Extension Director, Dr. Leancel M. Homeres, Managing Editor of ITMJ (the University’s RDE Journal), among others.

Comments and questions from the participants enlivened the activity.

If you missed it, here is the link of the recorded webinar: