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12 Adopted projects related to Typhoon Yolanda in the J-RAPID Program

Title of the Project Japan based Principal
Philippines based Principal
1 Impact survey of Super Typhoon "Yolanda" on basic livelihoods and Ecosystem Health in Panay of Philippines Satoshi Ishikawa Associate Professor,
Research Department, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature
This project aims to evaluate the super typhoon impacts on both ecosystem and livelihoods in coastal zone. Collaborative field surveys for evaluation of ecosystem impacts will be conducted by both parties. Chemical analyses will be done in Japan. Interview surveys of livelihood impacts are done by mainly Philippine researchers and Japanese members have responsibility to questionnaire development and statistical analysis. All data will be compiled into GIS system and compared with those before typhoon to identify vulnerable points. Through deep discussion of both parties based on the compiled data, several development scenarios with high resilience against natural disaster will be proposed. This collaborative research will be a mile stone for future international actions against the natural disaster.
Ricard Babaran Vice Chancellor,
College of Fisheries and Ocean Science,
University of the Philippines Visayas
2 Detailed analysis on storm surge impacts due to Typhoon Yolanda and multidisciplinary research for disaster risk reduction Hiroshi Takagi Associate Professor,
Graduate School of Science and Engineering,
Tokyo Institute of Technology
The research aims to elicit an in-depth understanding of the social dimension specifically on people’s plight and condition, as well as the technical perspective of infrastructure and building damage due to storm surges caused by Typhoon Yolanda through engineering and social scientific methods. The research results and findings will be mainly disseminated through a joint seminar and published in academic journals. Furthermore, the research output will highlight its tangible and sustainable contribution to disaster preparedness and risk reduction in the Philippines as well as in Japan, also applicable to other countries around the globe.
Mario de Leon Associate Professor,
Department of Civil Engineering,
De La Salle University
3 Strengthening the Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, Response and Rehabilitation Capacities of Government Schools in the Lyte Province and other areas Jun Kobayashi Professor,
Faculty of Medicine,
University of the Ryukyus
The cooperated study between Philippine and Japanese team will develop the manual with results of the analysis and opinion-intensive among experts to implement a comprehensive disaster preparedness, response and rehabilitation program in selected schools, through assessing the existing capacities of schools in relation to the various phases of disasters, and comparing the existing capacities of these schools with a standard, i.e., a disaster-prepared schools.
Ernesto R. Gregorio,Jr Head,
Department of Health Promotion and Education,
College of Public Health,
University of the Philippines Manila
4 Investigation of disaster wastes by super typhoon and huge storm surge for their emergency disposal and sustainable management harmonized with environment Jiro Takemura Associate Professor,
Graduate School of Science and Engineering,
Tokyo Institute of Technology
This research aims to investigate the adverse effects of debris and disaster wastes caused by super typhoon, which hinder the emergency works and the restoration from the damage. The long term environmental problems associated with the disaster wastes will also be studied to propose rational measures against the adverse effects. The Philippine collaborators will conduct urgent preliminary field survey and samplings, survey of responsible organization and local communities, and also environmental monitoring periodically. The Japanese collaborators will conduct the detailed field investigations with the Philippine members about the source and types of debris, and their qualities and quantities and also examine their effects on the water and soil environment. This collaborative research is expected to identify the various environmental problems caused by the disaster wastes, which eventually contribute to the sustainable waste management under different social and natural environmental conditions.
Maria Antonia Tanchuling Associate Professor,
Institute of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, University of the Philippines Diliman
5 Emergent field survey on present status of chemical pollution by typhoon 'Yolanda' in coastal environment of the central Philippines Haruhiko Nakata Associate Professor,
Graduate School of Science and Technology,
Kumamoto University
  1. ① The objective of this study is to understand the present status of chemical pollution in coastal environment of the central Philippines which was attacked by Typhoon Yolanda, 2013.
  2. ② The Japanese group will visit Leyte and Panay Islands for collecting environmental samples and analyze persistent organic pollutants and heavy metals. The Philippine group will collect domestic information on sampling area and support the joint-sampling and aqueous sample treatment in Philippines.
  3. ③ Information on chemical pollution in the central Philippines will support both national and local governments of this country for controlling and managing the chemical pollution in the disaster area.
Maricar Prudente Full Professor,
Science Education Department,
De La Salle University
6 Mapping the impact of the Typhoon Yolanda with combined approach of remote sensing, field observation and GIS analysis Shunichi Koshimura Professor,
International Research Institute of Disaster Science,
Tohuku University
  1. ① The goal is to establish satellite remote sensing method and mapping technology to identify impacts and vulnerabilities in the 2013 Typhoon Yolanda affected areas and future catastrophic typhoon disasters.
  2. ② Both research teams conduct satellite image analysis and field survey. Especially Japan team conducts satellite image analysis to identify the Typhoon Yolanda affected areas. The Philippine team conducts detailed verification of satellite image analysis with their extensive field survey results.
  3. ③ The expected outcomes of the collaborative research are establishing methods of sensing and mapping of major typhoon and storm surge disasters using satellite remote sensing. This will give us a perspective to establish and propose a standardized method of mapping typhoon disaster affected areas by using satellite remote sensing.
Ruel DM. Belen Director,
Mapping and Geodesy Branch,
National Mapping and Resource Information Authority
7 Developing a prototype of geospatial data sharing system for disaster management in the Philippines Takashi Oguchi Professor,
Center for Spatial Information Science,
the University of Tokyo
This research project is a collaboration of Japanese researchers mainly belonging to the Center for Spatial Information Science, the University of Tokyo, and Philippine researchers belonging to the Advanced Science and Technology Institute. We will construct a database including various geospatial data for natural and social environments in the Philippines, and develop a prototype of data sharing system which effectively connects the database and GIS (geographical information systems) and can be used for disaster management. The Japanese researchers will contribute mainly to the applications of GIS and open source software based on their expertise. The Philippine researchers will contribute to the applications of network and hardware based on their knowledge on information technology. Such a collaborative approach by researchers from the two countries will be effective in constructing a disaster management system that can be used for preparation and mitigation of natural disasters in the Philippines.
Rene C. Mendoza Division Chief,
Knowledge Management Division,
Advanced Science and Technology Institute
8 Investigation of wind damage processes by Typhoon Yolanda, identification of effective damage reduction measures, and its facilitation to recovery work Kazuyoshi Nishijima Associate Professor,
Disaster Prevention Research Institute,
Kyoto University
  1. ① This project aims, by identifying physical processes of wind damages to residential and school buildings during the Typhoon Yolanda, at proposing an improved wind design method for the purpose of effective wind damage reductions in future typhoon events.
  2. ② The Philippine and Japanese teams jointly perform survey on local buildings; the Japanese team conducts wind tunnel experiment, material strength test, debris impact test as well as analyses; the Philippine team is in charge of studies on reflection and implementation of the improved wind design method into practices.
  3. ③ It is envisaged that the collaboration will achieve a revised wind design method not only technically improved but also reflecting architectural characteristics dictated by local culture and climate as well as societal boundaries.
Mary Ann A. Espina Dean,
College of Architecture,
University of the Philippines
9 Was the Typhoon Yolanda strongest in the observation history in the Philippines? Hisayuki Kubota Researcher,
Department of Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere-Land Processes Research,
Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology
The objective of this project is to investigate how destructive the Typhoon Yolanda was compared to the historical typhoons during the past 130 years. Japanese scientists analyze historical typhoons landed in the Philippines. Philippine scientists collect and analyze meteorological data observed during Typhoon Yolanda to evaluate the intensity. We share the analyses and understand the frequency of destructive typhoon landfall. It will contribute to reducing typhoon damages and disasters in the Philippines.
Esperanza O. Cayanan Officer-in-Charge ,
National Capital Region,
PAGASA Regional Services Division,
Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration
10 Investigation into psychosocial consequences of Typhoon Yolanda Hiroaki Tomita Professor,
International Research Institute of Disaster Science,
Tohuku University
This project aims to investigate the psychosocial consequences of Typhoon Yolanda in the communities to extract useful information for strengthening mental health support system. Filipino team takes a major role in surveys to evaluate the psychosocial consequences of Typhoon Yolanda in the communities, while Japanese team assists the surveys closely related to the Filipino team, integrates the information into the knowledge given by the Great East Japan Earthquake, and coordinates interaction among related organizations to reflect the information on disaster responses in the future. Achievements of this collaborative effort will be reflected in development of effective psychosocial support systems for communities affected by Typhoon Yolanda. Also, lessons from recent catastrophes in East Asia, Typhoon Yolanda and the Great East Japan Earthquake, will be reflected to disaster response for future disasters.
June Pagaduan Lopez Professor,
University of the Philippines-Philippine
General Hospital Medical Center
11 A Survey-Research on Scientific-Technological Methods and Socio-Cultural Assesment for the Emergency Restoration of Official Documents in Super Typhoon-Affected Areas in the Philippines Mamoru Tsuda Professor,
School of Contemporary International Studies,
Nagoya University of Foreign Studies
This project aims to help in the rescue, rehabilitation, and restoration of public documents in local and central government offices in the super typhoon stricken areas in the eastern part of the Philippines, particularly Tacloban City, Leyte. It will utilize advanced scientific and technological methods and procedures, through the expertise of the members of the research team who have accumulated experiences in other disaster areas specifically the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, the Aceh Earthquake-Tsunami, and the Great East Japan Earthquake-Tsunami. This project will coordinate and collaborate with local Filipino experts and share with them the latest methods to rescue, rehabilitate and restore important public and historical documents that pertain, for example, to land and property registration, court and population records, and others, that were soaked during the super typhoon that damaged extensively some 40 public offices in Tacloban City alone. This project will also try to document the extent and nature of damage as well as experiences of the local people in order to learn lessons in preparation for future disasters.
Yolanda Canlas Granda Chairman,
Professional Regulation Commission Board of Librarians
Republic of the Philippines
12 Feasibility Study of Shelter Situation Reporting Systems Sakiko Kanbara Associate Professor,
Graduate school of Nursing,
University of Kochi
This study aims at integrating the web-based mobile application, developed by the Japanese researchers and their Philippines’ counterpart for each, to facilitate collection of disaster information and evaluate its appropriateness and feasibility to best design a new reporting system for a global benefit. They will collect data from relief operations in disaster-affected sites in the Philippines to elucidate the negative impact of lack of accurate information on health status and livelihood of the populations. This project would be an ideal opportunity for both teams working in tandem; the Japanese side that will oversee the proposal for this adoption, and also the Philippines side that will pioneer the fieldwork consisting of this implementation, methodology and evaluation. Thanks to this collaborative initiative, it will be possible to conduct a quick comparative evaluation of health status and needs from the perspective of normal daily life despite constraints imposed by the large-scale disaster.
Maria Regina Estuar Associate Professor,
School of Science and Engineering,
Atemeo de Manila University Loyola School

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