International Symposium, “Disaster Risk Reduction Through Preventive Maintenance”, February 27-March 1

We welcome this year with great optimism and we look forward to hosting an international symposium, Disaster Risk Reduction Through Preventive Maintenance: The West Valley Fault and Philippine-Spanish Heritage.  This event is a joint project with UP College of Architecture, Manila Observatory and the Archdiocese of Manila and is made possible through the support of the Hispanex Grant of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of the Spanish government. This event will take place on February 27 to  March 1 at the Ayuntamiento Building in Intramuros, Manila.


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Given the effects of climate change, international and local experts, policymakers, advocates, heritage conservation practitioners and other stakeholders will come together to exchange, share technical knowledge, advances and innovation in the field of conservation and other related issues, in order to amplify the discussion on risk reduction for built heritage.
The symposium will pay particular attention to the case of the West Valley Fault and its impact on the Philippine-Spanish built heritage. Special focus will be given to the increasing risks and perils caused by more frequent and more dangerous occurrences of natural disasters as experienced in the Visayas in 2013.

One of the salient segments of this series of linked events is a forum to be attended by different representatives of national agencies, public and private institutions, with the objective of identifying policy areas and issues related to disaster risk reduction for built heritage.

This International Symposium is also linked to a subsequent International Workshop in Paco Park which is coordinated by ETFFI and the National Parks Development Committee.  In this event, international and local experts and students will collaborate with ETFFI Technical Team and NPDC officials in developing a program of preventive maintenance for the Paco Park masonry walls.

Among the International and local experts participating in these activities are Rohit Jigyasu (ICCROM, India), Toshikazu Hanazato (MIE University, Japan), Juan Ramón Jiménez Verdejo (University of Shiga Prefecture, Japan), Joaquín García Álvarez (Fundación Santa María la Real del Patrimonio Histórico, Spain), Jose T. Regalado (University of Santo Tomas, Philippines), Sisira Kumara (Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, Thailand), Muhammad Lulu (Indonesia) or Alex Ya-Ning Yen (Center for Cultural Sites Rehabilitation and Development, Taiwan).

More info to follow!

Symposium registration procedure:

Register by filling up this form:

Registration fee:
Students: Php 1,000.00
Non-students/Professionals: Php 2,300.00

Payment can be done by depositing to our Metrobank account
Account name: Escuela Taller de Filipinas Foundation, Inc.
Account number: 200-7-20052397-7

Kindly send a copy of the deposit slip as proof of payment to to confirm your attendance. Please indicate your full name (or participant’s name if payment was made by another person) as the subject of the email. If you are registering as a student, please also attach a copy of your ID or any proof of school registration.

Last day of registration and confirmation is on Feb 18, 2017.

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