The Evolution of Disaster Risk Management in the Philippines Through the Case of Iligan City
Jonel Maria Caba, Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology, Philippines
Juvanni Caballero, Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology, Philippines
The adverse effects of global climatic change and the repercussions of biodegradation have already had adverse effects that are felt not just globally but all the way down to the local scale. A United Nations Global Assessment Report released in 2015 underscored disaster resiliency as a key element in a country’s sustainable development. In this, countries are expected to embed disaster risk reduction and management in policies on poverty alleviation, health, education, and infrastructure development, among others.
This paper discusses the development of disaster risk management policies in the Philippines and their subsequent localization since the 1970s. This study made use of historical analysis in investigating the effects of the disaster on the lives of the people of Iligan City and how they responded to it. In the past three decades, the city has experienced enormous catastrophic events that have been aggravated as climate change intensifies around the world. Through past experiences of natural disasters, this led to unequivocal realizations of the need to re-assess its disaster response and mitigation. In general, it took Iligan fifty years to capacitate local communities and government units on science-based needs assessment, programming, and formulations of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.
Presentation Date/Time: Sunday, December 11, 2022 (16:00)
Session: Session 4
Room: Fai Kham Room