At the request of the Philippines Space Agency (PhilSA) the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), through its Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) organized the Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to the Philippines. The purpose of the mission is to support the PhilSA, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and other organizations in strengthening their work related to Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and Emergency Response (ER) by effective use of space-based information. The mission team took an account of current strategies, use of Earth observation (EO) and geospatial information, data sharing practices and institutional capacity related to disaster risk management to propose relevant recommendations. The UN-SPIDER intends to work with PhilSA and development partners to facilitate the implementation of the recommendations, which ultimately would contribute to building resilience in the Philippines.
The team of 10 experts, under the leadership of UN-SPIDER, visited the Philippines from 26 to 20 September 2022. The mission team was composed of representatives of the following organizations: University of Central Lancashire, Saint Xavier University, USA, Institute of Technology, GEO Secretariat,Continuum Foundation, Pacific Disaster Centre, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (ISRO), BlackSky and International Water Management Institute, Sri Lanka.