5th ICIDRRM (International Conference on Integrative Disaster Risk Reduction Management)
5th International Conference on Integrative Disaster Risk Reduction Management
Theme: “Plan. Act. Live.”
September 4-6, 2018
Eastern Samar State University
Borongan City, Eastern Samar, Philippines


Natural and man–made disasters are becoming more frequent, expansive and are threatening worldwide. The global economic cost associated with natural disasters brought about by climate change has increased 14– fold since the 1950s (Cuha–Sapir, et.al. 2004 as cited by Masozera, et.al. 2006). In the decade 1994–2004, there were approximately one million thunderstorms, 100,000 floods, tens of thousands of landslides, earthquakes, wildfires and tornadoes and several thousand hurricanes, tropical storms, 400 temblors worldwide were detected using Android phones and the MyShake since February 2016 to the early part of January 2017.

As the world is changing so does global temperatures at a very alarming rate. As land ice melts the world over and heat absorption causes ocean waters to expand, the sea level is rising. Planet Earth could be on course for global warming of more than seven degrees Celsius within a lifetime and once thathappens according to world’s renowned climatologists, it could be “game over” to all creatures. Based on current best estimates by the Inter–Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), if humans carry on with a “business as usual” approach using large amounts of fossil fuels, the Earth’s average temperature will rise by between 2 and 4.8 degrees above pre–industrial levels by 2100. Thus far, 2015 had been the warmest year on record.

Recent findings by Time magazine also suggest that climate change and terrorism are connected. There is an emerging media narrative linking climate change to the drought in Syria, the rise of ISIS, migration or movement of people and the attacks in Paris. The New Yorker argued that reaching an agreement to reduce emissions and prevent future climate change is the key to fighting terrorism.

Despite these ominous dangers, there are still some people who remain skeptical about the imminent danger that climate change may bring to our society. They claim that warming trend is somehow not real or is simply the product of a global scientific hoax.

The Eastern Samar State University in partnership with government and non–government agencies continues to uphold its involvement in creating and sustaining a platform in bringing integrative disaster risk reduction management to everyone’s consciousness and concern. Since 2014, the university has been hosting this international event as its legacy to the world that is continually being threatened by disasters in all its forms.

As living witness to super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) which struck the province of Eastern Samar in November 2013 and is to–date considered as the world’s worst disaster, the university has a mission to embrace and educate people around the world in dealing with such a tremendous calamity.

This year’s theme, “Managing Our Future by Managing Disasters” aims to treat disasters as a real and urgent matter that leaders and managers must confront in order to preserve human habitat and the world’s ecosystem. It will be a convergence of people eager and competent to “do the right thing” and “do the things right” in terms of overcoming the perils associated with the axis of terror that moves around the planet.

Submission Guidelines

The conference will accept papers and posters on the following four thematic areas in line with NDRRM framework namely:

  1. disaster preparedness;
  2. disaster response;
  3. disaster rehabilitation and recovery;
  4. disaster prevention and mitigation.

Online submission for both the abstracts and poster to essu.disaster.summit@gmail.com is until August 17, 2018 (Extended).

Abstracts/posters submitted later than 17 August 2018 will be accepted for presentation only, not for competition.

The following guidelines will be adopted in the submission of Abstract for Paper Presentation:

  • Interested presenters/competitors are advised to submit a one (1) page 8.27 x 11.69”,A4 size paper with one inch margin at all sides extended abstract (title, author (s) and affiliations and the email address of the corresponding author(s), condensed paragraphs of Introduction, Methodology, Results and Discussion, and Conclusion) of the research, in single–space, Arial font 11, MS Word Format.
  • Abstracts must not exceed 500 words.
  • Key words should clearly indicate the topic of research so that relevant reviewers can be appointed.
  • Official communications will be sent to author/s of abstracts/posters which have been approved for presentation and competition on or before August 22, 2018.
  • E–copy of the full–length paper (double–spaced with Arial font 11 in an 8.27” x 11.69”, A4 size paper) approved for competition should be submitted online on or before August 26, 2018 to give enough time to reproduce the paper and forward them to the panel of judges.

For Poster Presentation, we prescribe the following guidelines:

  • Posters should be attractive self–explanatory, that is, presenting organized and concise key ideas, conclusions and recommendations.
  • The design shall follow sequentially from one part to the next (left to right or on top of the bottom).
  • Number or arrows may be used to help the eye move from one item to item in the correct order.
  • Poster text should be presented in no more than three (3) colors. Dark typed on light background is easiest to read.
  • Photograph/illustrations should be 5” X 7”. Captions and labels should be readable from two meters away and not cluttered with unnecessary details. Graphs are preferable to tables. Use only one vertical scale graph.
  • The author/s should be around to answer queries or clarifications from the audience.
  • The poster must be mounted/displayed in the designated area at least an hour before the scheduled opening program and must remain on display until the closing ceremonies.

Poster Format:
Poster Size: 30 ft. x 40 ft. (in portrait)
Font Size: 72 for title, 46 succeeding heading, 20 as minimum size for the text
No artistic fringers/borders, drawings and the like
Actual specimens/products may be presented but not attached to the poster

Suggested sections/headings:


Author/s will likewise be notified of poster acceptance both for presentation and competition on or before August 17, 2018.

Major Criteria for Evaluation (both Paper and Poster):

  1. Relevance/Significance
    • Implications/relevance to the (4) thematic areas (1) disaster preparedness; 2) disaster response; 3) disaster rehabilitation and recovery; and 4) disaster prevention and mitigation.
    • Potential contribution to the RDE and S&T (e.g. social, economic, ecological)
  2. Organization (content)
    • Comprehensiveness
    • Over–all quality (validity, reliability and dependability of results)

Interested parties are reminded that they will be only be allowed to present either a paper or poster during the event.

In the conduct of oral presentation, presenters are advised to take note on the following:

  • Presenters are required to provide the Conference Secretariat an electronic copy of their MS PowerPoint presentations upon registration to give time for the Conference Technical Committee to organize the presentation sequence.
  • Each presenter will be given fifteen (15) minutes to present their paper (the number of slides must be limited to the allotted time) and five (5) minutes to answer questions.
  • The moderator will aid the presenter in adhering to time allocation and fielding questions from the audience. Timing procedure includes twelve (12)– minute warning sign from the moderator and fifteen (15)–minute stop time. At the fifteen (15)–minute point, the presentation will be stopped, even if the presenter has not finished the presentation.

Who Should Attend

We will welcome interdisciplinary approaches and proposals presented by:

  • educators
  • scholars
  • researchers
  • governmental and NGO representatives
  • architects
  • engineers
  • planners and allied professionalsvrepresentatives of funding agencies
  • public policymakers

Registration Fee

Registration fee is only Five Thousand Pesos (Php 5,000.00/USD 97) inclusive of conference kit, certificate, 3 meals, 6 snacks and tour to selected eco–tourism sites in Eastern Samar.

Helpful Links:
How To Get Here
Where To Stay

How To Join

To join, paper presenter should submit an e-file in Portable Document File (PDF) format on or before the deadline of abstract submission to:
The secretariat: Dr. FELIX A. AFABLE / essu.disaster.summit@gmail.com

For inquiries, you may contact the following:

Secretariat c/o Dr. Vicente A. Agda, Jr. (+639269028516)
Dr. Rhodora C. Mendoza (+639214916016)
Dr. Letecia R. Ladera (+639494000122)
Registration Committee c/o Ms. Maricar T. Obina (+639988500837)
Email: essu.disaster.summit@gmail.com
Conference Official Website: http://www.seminars.essu.edu.ph/icidrrm/
Facebook: /EasternSamarStateUniversity


The participants will answer an evaluation sheet at the end of the activity. The answers or feedback will be analyzed and will serve as inputs for future seminars and conferences that will be conducted.

Convention Calendar

MAY 15 Start of Registration
AUG 17 Abstract Submission Deadline(Extended)

Contact Us

Secretariat c/o Dr. Vicente A. Agda, Jr. (+639269028516)
Dr. Rhodora C. Mendoza (+639214916016)
Dr. Letecia R. Ladera (+639494000122)
Registration Committee c/o Ms. Maricar T. Obina (+639988500837)
Email: essu.disaster.summit@gmail.com
Conference Official Website: https://seminars.essu.edu.ph/idrrm
Facebook: /ESSUDisasterSummit