By: Maria Rufina Salas
In mid-2019, CCARPH began its monthly consultations with the Council of Advisers, namely: Mr. Austere A. Panadero (Executive Vice President of Zuellig Family Foundation), Dr. Anna Marie “Jing” A. Karaos (Associate Director of John J. Carroll Institute on Church and Social Issues), and Mr. Sylvestre “Sly” Z. Barrameda, Jr., CESE, (San Juan City Director / Municipal Local Government Operations Officer – Department of Interior & Local Government). These meetings have consistently prioritized and highlighted CCARPH’s goal of producing actionable science, and bridging science-policy-practice nexus.
As the CCARPH Research Team completes their deliverables and outputs in 2020, the Council of Advisers recommends the team to find their relevance in the current crisis from the COVID-19 pandemic. Mr. Panadero and Mr. Barrameda have always emphasized that by producing scientific policy papers, the national and local governments, as well as the private sector, can be guided in their investments for climate & disaster resilience.
During the ADMU-MDRR (Ateneo de Manila University’s Master in Disaster Risk & Resilience) online thesis defense sessions, the council advised that the program must envision to build a cadre of problem-focused, solutions-driven, with systems-thinking CCA-DRR (Climate Change Adaptation – Disaster Risk Reduction) professionals. The council also recommends ADMU-MDRR to promote and highlight on building the capacities of their institutions, to serve a nation that is highly at risk towards climate disasters.
Former Undersecretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Mr. Panadero brings his vast experience from national government, before leading the private sector, Zuellig Family Foundation. Dr. Karaos, Associate Director of the John J. Carroll Institute on Church and Social Issues (JJCICSI), is a scholar and civil society leader, and now sits in the Ateneo de Manila Board of Trustees. Mr. Barrameda was from the Local Government Academy before working with the DILG of Muntinlupa and San Juan City (NCR).