FIRST PHILIPPINE HOLDINGS IS A CORPORATION THAT IS CONSTANTLY IN ACTION. WE’RE ALWAYS TRYING TO FIND WAYS TO DELIVER FOR OUR STAKEHOLDERS AND THE FILIPINO PEOPLE.
Along with policy changes, science and technology play an important role in addressing and adapting to the changes brought about by global warming. Advancements in renewable energy production and storage, and in the research and technology around disaster risk management and climate change mitigation and adaptation are all necessary to respond to the climate change picture before it’s too late.
To help paint this picture, the Lopez Group of Companies created the Oscar M. Lopez Center for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management Foundation, Inc. (OML Center), a research foundation focused on generating science-based solutions in the area of climate change adaptation and disaster risk management. The center is headed by Executive Director Marianne Quebral, formerly of the Asian Institute of Management, with multi-awarded environmental scientist Dr. Rodel D. Lasco serving as scientific director.
In addition to building local and international networks and partnerships, the OML Center also provides a venue to foster capacity building and better communication, and facilitate an exchange of ideas and best practices among stakeholders, including academics, specialists, and the public and private sector. This month, the center will be hosting the Hack the Climate: Business Unusual Hackathon, a conference and prototype pitch competition centered on the theme, “responsible business adaptation and its benefits to community resilience.”
The OML Center also offers grants for applied research and other science-based projects, as well as thesis and dissertation grants for MS and PhD students to support studies directed towards climate science and adaptation, such as studying the resilience of vulnerable groups, rebuilding of Yolanda-affected areas and communities, disaster risk reduction, and management in urban areas and critical watersheds, among others.
Well aware of the Philippines’ vulnerable and precarious place in a world continually being shaped and reshaped by global warming, the OML Center seeks to unify, support, and empower some of the country’s brightest and most innovative minds in order to produce cutting-edge scientific solutions grounded in local realities.