The Coastal Cities at Risk team toured the Manila Observatory last July 22, 2019. Ms. Genie Lorenzo, led the group as they learned about the history and work of the Manila Observatory. The team learned about the history of Manila observatory, their numerous technologies, activities, and research. One important fact to note is their multiple projects that handle weather monitoring and air sampling, research which contributes directly to CCARPH’s own Work Themes.
Ms. Lorenzo is a scientist whose focus is on weather and air quality in selected areas in the Philippines. She oversees the maintenance of different weather stations and air samplers around Metro Manila to understand local and regional atmospheric systems.
MO Tour constitutes the project’s Science-To-Community Field Immersion Module which is part of Work Package 3’s theme, to mobilize knowledge to inform policy and practice. Dr. Emma Porio, project lead, hopes to institutionalize this module in the Pamantasan ng Lunsod ng Muntinlupa (PLMun) National Service Training Program. Dr. Porio states that PLMun will benefit from this tour and the module, given the vulnerability of parts of Muntinlupa city, such as areas near Tunasan which is frequently flooded because of their proximity to Laguna Lake. The module will include case studies of Habagat and its effects on the cities.
Manila Observatory is a partner of Coastal Cities at Risk in the Philippines. It can be found in the Ateneo de Manila University Campus, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. You can find out more about the observatory on its website, http://www.observatory.ph/