Last January 29, Project NOAH Executive Director Mahar Lagmay confirmed that the government was shutting down Project NOAH due to lack of funding.
Project NOAH, the Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH), was launched by the Department of Science and Technology in 2012 with the mission to provide a 6 hour lead-time warning to vulnerable communities against impending floods and to use advanced technology to enhance current geo-hazard vulnerability maps.
All’s not lost, however. The University of the Philippines Board of Regents approved the adoption of Project NOAH in its 1325th meeting on February 23, 2017. “In a sense, Project NOAH is coming home,” said UP President Danilo L. Concepcion after the BOR meeting, referring to the help of UP professors in conceptualizing the project.
For the past four years, Project has been instrumental in guiding the public and the media whenever disaster struck. “It has literally been a lifesaver for millions of Filipinos threatened by natural disasters like floods, landslides, and storm surges. It deserves a new lease on life, and UP is happy to welcome it into its fold,” said Concepcion.