The EASTERN SAMAR STATE UNIVERSITY, Philippines leads in holding the 3rd INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INTEGRATIVE DISASTER RISK REDUCTION MANAGEMENT with focus on delivering both informative and emerging topics on disaster management. It envisions bringing together government officials, non-government experts and other specialists from around the world to discuss the growing trend of events and people affected by natural disasters. Likewise, it aims to find ways to reduce the toll of disasters through careful preparation and implementation of disaster risk reduction strategies thus reducing human and natural casualties.
The signing of the historic Paris Agreement on climate change at the United Nations headquarters in New York on April 22, 2016 paved the way for the 175 country-signatories to integrate environment and climate change programs in their national development policies. The 1.5 degrees Celsius temperature cap is crucial to reducing disaster risk especially for highly vulnerable nations like the Philippines. Everyone must participate and work together because all of us are in danger, all of us will be affected, says Climate Change Commission Secretary Emmanuel de Guzman. The Philippines, being the third most at risk to the impacts of climate change is facing vulnerable issues that can have profound impacts on its people's well-being. According to Lloyd's City Risk Index 2015-2025, it reported that the city of Manila is ranked second highest after New York globally in terms of the extent of economic destruction in the event of a windstorm like super typhoon Haiyan. In a study conducted by UN Team, it was found out that only 10 percent of 170 out of over 1,700 cities, towns and provinces in the country have taken concrete steps in making cities resilient to disasters. As such, long-term planning in local government units is an imperative for building resilience particularly for people at the grassroots who are likely to bear the brunt of climate change. Given the current trends in disaster impacts and increased exposure to risks in the country, the Eastern Samar State University (ESSU), Borongan City in response to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction is supporting its call in making disaster risk reduction and resilience into development work a top priority. Through its own initiative and framework of cooperation with other stakeholders, ESSU as the lead advocate in the academic sector in disaster risk reduction management is hosting the 3rd international conference on integrative disaster risk reduction management (ICDRRM) on September 1-3, 2016 which aims, among others, to attain a climate-resilient Philippines. The theme for the 3-day meet, Reducing Risks, Developing Quick Response to Disasters envisions a more intelligent and comprehensive response to climate change. Guided by the provisions contained in RA 10121 or the Philippine DRRM Act, the university vigorously supports the mandate to adopt a disaster risk reduction and management approach that is holistic, comprehensive, integrated, and proactive in lessening the socio-economic and environmental impacts of disasters including climate change and promote the involvement and participation of all sectors especially the local community. The 3-day summit will have four (4) thematic areas, namely: risk assessment, risk management, disaster resilience and sustainable development that is anchored on the National Climate Change Action Plan's seven strategic priorities: food security, water-efficiency, ecosystem and environmental stability, human security, climate-smart industries and services, sustainable energy, and knowledge and capacity development.