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RISE project is Gawad Pangulo Awardee for Excellence in Public Service

UP Visayas Foundation, Incorporated (UPVFI) – RISE (Bangon) Gigantes Project: Rehabilitation for Island Sustainability and Empowerment was named ‘Gawad Pangulo 2016 Awardee for Excellence in Public Service’ on January 30, 2017 at UP Diliman, Quezon City. President Alfredo Pascual gave the award to Project RISE Team Leader, Prof. Jorge Ebay and Chancellor Rommel Espinosa.

With Prof. Ebay in the project are Prof. Josephine Firmase, Mr. Jun Ramirez, Aprille Danilly Atienza, Junavy Ricopuerto, and Russell Sodusta.

The RISE Gigantes project covers four geographically isolated and disadvantaged barangays of the Municipality of Carles - Asluman, Gabi, Granada, and Lantangan - in the Gigantes Group of Islands. The project partners with community-based groups and schools in implementing coordinated rehabilitation programs that aim to achieve normalcy and enhance local capacities for disaster preparedness, prevention, and mitigation. 

Beyond the four barangays, RISE Gigantes also engages with other organizations (LGUs, regional government agencies, CSOs, and the academe, among others) to actively support community-based efforts for rehabilitation through resource sharing and other relevant collaborative undertakings. It aims to be at the forefront of efforts in promoting people’s interest, highlighting local realities and contexts, and linking them with broader development issues and agendas.

The project capitalizes on robust partnerships for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. It utilizes these as platforms for pursuing small island resilience that is grounded on the principles of participation, inclusivity, empowerment, and sustainable development.

The RISE Gigantes project is implemented by UP Visayas through the UPV Foundation Incorporated and is largely supported by Christian Aid, UNICEF, Foundation for the Philippine Environment, the SURGE Project, Philippine Life Saving, and ICODE. (ARL with Sources from Rise Gigantes Webpage)

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