PRISMH: Philippines Resilience of Schools to Multi-Hazard
The project aims to develop an advanced resilience assessment framework for school infrastructure subjected to multiple natural hazards in the Philippines.
11 November 2021
The project, led by Prof Dina D’Ayala, supported by Prof Carmine Galasso, Dr Arash Nassirpour, Prof Joanna Faure Walker, and academic teams at De La Salle University and Xavier University, aims to develop an advanced resilience assessment framework for school infrastructure subjected to multiple natural hazards in the Philippines. The project investigates the effectiveness of buildings retrofit measures and social preparedness measures as means of preventing casualties, reducing economic losses and maintaining functionality of the school infrastructure and its role within the community in the event of natural disasters. In particular the project addresses risks from seismic, strong wind and flood hazards. The resilience assessment protocol will be used by civil protection and school authorities to improve their preparedness and implementation.
The PRISMH project is funded by the British Council (Newton Fund Grant Agreement Institutional Links) and Philippines’s Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for 24 months starting from 1st April 2017.
As part of the PRISMH project, a two day workshop on Philippine's natural hazards and vulnerability of school infrastructure was conducted in Feb. 2018. Members of the industry, stakeholders and Philippine's Department of Education (DepEd) participated in this workshop.
Award project period: April 2017 - September 2019
Award amount: £280,000
Programme: Newton Fund Institutional Links Grants, British Council
University College London (UCL), London - United Kingdom
UCL Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering (CEGE)
- Prof Dina D’Ayala (Principal Investigator)
- Prof Carmine Galasso (Co-Investigator)
- Dr Arash Nassirpour
UCL Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction (IRDR)
- Dr Joanna Faure Walker (Co-Investigator)
- Dr Alexandra Tsioulou
De La Salle University (DLSU), Manila - Philippines
- Dr Lessandro E. Garciano (Principal Investigator)
- Prof Andres W. Oreta
- Mr Richard DeJesus
Xavier University (XU), Cagayan de Oro - Philippines
- Mr Dexter Lo
- Assess the impact of earthquakes, strong wind and flood on school buildings through purpose developed vulnerability models;
- Validate against observations of recent events (e.g. 2013 Bohol Earthquake and Typhoon Haiyan);
- Measure Potential Resilience improvements obtained by retrofitting school buildings and promoting a disaster risk reduction culture;
- Escalate Safer Schools Culture to safer community by evaluating the role of school infrastructure in post disaster recovery;
- Develop Practical Tools for multi-hazards impact assessment and resilience improvement and demonstrate their capabilities in the Philippines.
D'Ayala D, Galasso C, Nassirpour A, Adhikari RK, Yamin L, Fernandez R, Lo D, Garciano L and Oreta A (2019) Resilient communities through safer schools, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420919309306
Tsioulou A, Faure Walker J, Lo DS, Yore R (2020) A method for determining the suitability of schools as evacuation shelters and aid distribution hubs following disasters: case study from Cagayan de Oro, Philippines, Natural Hazards. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11069-020-04380-3
Nassirpour A, Galasso C, D'Ayala D (2018) Multi-Hazard Physical Vulnerability Prioritization of School Infrastructure in the Philippines, Eleventh U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering (11NCEE), Los Angeles (CA), USA
Nassirpour A, Galasso C, D'Ayala D (2018) A Mobile Application for Multi-Hazard Physical Vulnerability Prioritization of Schools, Eleventh U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering (11NCEE), Los Angeles (CA), USA
Nassirpour A, Galasso C, D'Ayala D (2018) Increasing Seismic Resilience of Philippines’ School Infrastructure through Structural Retrofitting, 16th European Conference on Earthquake Engineering (16ECEE), Thessaloniki, Greece
Nassirpour A, Galasso C, D'Ayala D (2017) Multi-Hazard Vulnerability Assessment of School Infrastructure – the case of Cagayan de Oro, Philippines, Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Urban Sustainability and Resilience, London, UK