4th ICIDRRM (International Conference on Integrative Disaster Risk Reduction Management)
4th International Conference on Integrative Disaster Risk Reduction Management
Theme: “Managing our Future by Managing Disasters”
September 4-6, 2017
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.


Specifically, the 3–day event envisions the following objectives:

  1. Develop and design products and processes that will predict and prepare the future toward any disaster attack;
  2. Form and establish concrete linkages in strengthening abilities and capacities in dealing all types of disasters; and
  3. Generate and extend information and solutions to high–risk and vulnerable communities that are potential targets of disasters.

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

Php 4,600.00 inclusive of conference materials, meals and snacks, tour to towns in Eastern Samar ravaged by natural disasters (optional).

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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

It should be typed in 12pt Times New Roman, single–spaced and with a one–inch margin on all sides. The abstract should be written in a one page of paper. The full paper should be 5 to 10 pages long, including tables and figures. Authors of submitted papers who qualified in the screening process will be notified/informed for the paper presentation.

For inquiries, you may contact the following:

Secretariat c/o Dr. Felix A. Afable (+639505660339/+639077770674)
Registration Committee c/o Ms. Maricar T. Obina (+639129855778
Email: essu.disaster.summit@gmail.com
Conference Official Website: http://seminars.essu.edu.ph/icidrrm4
Facebook: /4th icidrrm


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.

IDRRM Calendar

MAY 15Start of Registration
JUL 31Abstract Submission Deadline
AUG 18Full Paper Submission (Selected)
AUG 25Last Day of Online Registration
SEP 4Opening Program, Keynote, Theme Paper Presentation and Plenary Talks Focused on Disaster Thematic Areas
SEP 5Scientific Paper Presentation
SEP 6Tour to Towns hit by natural disasters (optional)

Program of Activities

Day 1 - September 4

TIMEOpening Program, Messages, Keynote and Theme Paper Presentation
8:00 - 9:00Registration
9:00 - 11:00 Opening Program
Doxology - ESSU Chorale
Philippine National Anthem - ESSU Chorale
Welcome Address - Dr. Edmundo A. Campoto, President, ESSU
Message - Dr. Dominador O. Aguirre, PASUC 8 President and University President, Eastern Visayas State University, Tacloban City, Philippines
Introduction of Guests, Visitors and Participants
Presentation of Conference Objectives and Proceedings - Dr. Eva P. Palada, Vice President for Planning, Research and Extension
11:00 - 11:10Introduction of Keynote Speakers - Dr. Felix A. Afable, Dean, ESSU Graduate School
11:10- 12:00Keynote Address
12:00 - 1:00Lunch Break
1:00 - 4:00Plenary Sessions
4:00 - 5:00Press/Media Conference
5:00 - 10:00Welcome Night

Day 2 - September 5

TIMEPlenary talks focused on the disaster thematic areas & scientific paper presentation (Research, Extension & Practices)
6:00 - 8:00Preparation and Pick-Up time
8:00 - 9:00Registration and Breakfast
9:00 - 12:00Plenary 4/Simultaneous Paper Presentation related to conference sub–themes
12:00 - 1:00Lunch Break
1:00 - 5:00Simultaneous Paper Presentation related to conference sub–themes
5:00 - 10:00Fellowship Night and Entertainment

Day 3 - September 6

6:00 - 8:00Registration and Breakfast
8:00 - 12:00Tour to hardest hit towns by natural disasters in Eastern Samar
12:00Lunch/Home Sweet Home

Contact Us

Secretariat c/o Dr. Felix A. Afable (+639505660339/+639077770674)
Registration Committee c/o Ms. Maricar T. Obina (+639129855778
Email: essu.disaster.summit@gmail.com
Conference Official Website: http://seminars.essu.edu.ph/icidrrm4
Facebook: /4th icidrrm