2nd International Conference on Integrative Disaster Risk Reduction Management
Theme: Moving Closer to Finding Sustainable Solutions



The remarkable success of last year's 1st International Conference on Integrative Disaster Risk Reduction Management hosted by Eastern Samar State University (ESSU) on September 3-5, 2014 has prompted the organizers to launch a sequel to the event. The comments made by various local and foreign delegates who attended the 3-day summit had far exceeded the organizer's expectations in terms of attainment of goals and objectives set forth in the conference. Add to it, the participants themselves through the initiative of ESSU have formed an association of network in order to strengthen and sustain their cause in order to better manage and reduce the effects of natural calamities and disasters through sharing of knowledge and technology.

In response, thereof, ESSU is again embarking its 2nd International Conference on Integrative Disaster Risk Reduction Management on September 3-5, 2015 at the ESSU Main Campus, Borongan City, in pursuit of its commitment to uphold its tradition of excellence in resolving pressing issues of the day: reducing and managing the effects of disasters that continuously threaten the quest for human survival.

This year's forthcoming event, with the theme, "Moving Closer to Finding Sustainable Solutions" seeks to find and integrate solutions that will address climate change as "perhaps the most fearsome weapon of mass destruction", to quote US Secretary of State John Kerry. The 3-day conference will primarily focus on generating scientific information that would lead to long-term, practical and sustainable solutions to climate change.

Eastern Visayas in the Philippines is one of the most vulnerable region in Asia, hence, the academe in partnership with other stakeholders need to support and undertake applied research with practical outcomes that will help the country overcome the impact of climate change and natural disasters. Aside from the massive destruction wrought by Super Typhoon Yolanda in November 2013, the year 2014 also proved to be disastrous with the onslaught of yet another super typhoon Ruby and the year-end storm, Seniang on December 29, 2014 wherein Eastern Visayas was likewise severely affected.

Clearly, climate change is taking its toll worldwide and is therefore becoming a global menace; freezing temperatures in the northwest part of the US, the possible occurrence of La Nina and El Nino phenomena on the mid part 2015, and a host of other projected extraordinarily calamities and disasters never seen and experience before.


Specifically, the 2nd International Conference on IDRRM aims to attain the following objectives:

  • To provide a forum for both government and non-government agencies, scientists, educators, researchers, students, and other stakeholders of the community by coming up with integrated and workable solutions to address the increasing frequency and magnitude of natural disasters and calamities;
  • To analyze, formulate and evaluate intended strategic plans for 2016 on how climate change and adverse effects of natural disasters and calamities could be managed and sustained at the local and international levels;
  • To generate scientific knowledge, information and other research-based undertaking from various local and foreign agencies like UP, DLSU, ADMU and the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change based on the following thematic areas:

    • Flood, Storm and Weather Tracking and Mapping of Risks System
    • Socio-economic models related to man-made and natural disasters
    • Management information systems for climate change adaptation
    • Psycho-social issues and interventions on health, livelihood, education, settlement and shelter reconstruction
    • Food and relief distribution system including community rehabilitation programs and drawing on envisioned communities

  • To learn and adopt policies and best practices of other agencies, communities and organizations who experienced similar problems about the onset of natural disasters and calamities.

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.


Php 3,900.00 (USD 112) inclusive of conference materials, meals and snacks, and tour to hardly hit towns by typhoon "Yolanda" and "Ruby" in Eastern Samar (optional). Mailing Address:
Dr. Vicente Agda
Eastern Samar State University
Brgy. Maypangdan, Borongan City
Eastern Samar 6800

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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 c/o

It should be typed in 12pt Times New Roman, single-spaced and with a one-inch margin on all sides. The abstract should only have 500 words including the title. The full paper should be 5 to 10 pages long, including table and figures. Authors will be informed for the whole paper presentation.

For inquiries, you may contact the following:

  • Secretariat c/o Dr. Vicente A. Agda, Jr. (+63 915 800 9537)
  • Registration Committee c/o Ms. Maricar T. Obina (+63 912 985 5778)
  • Conference email address: essu.disaster.summit@gmail.com
  • Conference official website: https://seminars.essu.edu.ph/idrrm


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

AUG 18 Full Paper Submission (Selected)
AUG 25 Last Day of Online Registration
SEP 3 Opening Program, Messages, Keynote, Theme Paper Presentation and Plenary Talks Focused on the Disaster Thematic Areas
SEP 4 Scientific Paper Presentation
SEP 5 Tour of Hardest Hit Towns in Eastern Samar (Ruby)

Invited Speakers

  • Dr. Nonita Yap, University of Guelp, Ontario, Canada
  • Dr. Bernd-Markus Liss, Principal Advisor Climate program, GIZ
  • Mr. Joey Garriott, US Peace Corps
  • Mr. Audrey Gorriceta, PTV 4, Quezon City

Program of Activities

Day 1 - September 3

TIME Opening Program, Messages, Keynote and Theme Paper Presentation
8:00 - 9:00 Registration
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 - 11:10 Introduction of Keynote Speakers - Dr. Felix A. Afable, Dean, ESSU Graduate School
11:10- 12:00 Keynote Address- Dr. Nonita Yap, Professor of School of Environmental Design & Rural Development, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch Break
1:00 - 2:00 Plenary Session 1: Climate Change and the REDD+ System International
Dr. Bernd-Markus Liss, Principal Advisor, Climate Change Program, GIZ
2:00 - 3:00 Plenary Session 2: The Eastern Samar LGU Experience on Typhoon Ruby
3:00 - 4:00 Plenary Session 3: The Role of Mass Media and Broadcast Communication during Natural Disasters & Calamities
Mr. Audrey Gorriceta, News Anchor, PTV 4, Quezon City
4:00 - 5:00 Press/Media Conference
5:00 - 10:00 Welcome Night

Day 2 - September 4

TIME Plenary talks focused on the disaster thematic areas & scientific paper presentation (Research extension & practices)
6:00 - 8:00 Preparation and Pick-Up time
8:00 - 9:00 Registration and Breakfast
9:00 - 10:00 Plenary 4: Saving Lives in Times of Calamities and Disasters through the Spirit of Volunteerism: The US Peace Corps Experinece
Mr. Joey Garriott, US Peace Corps Volunteer
10:00 - 12:00 Simultaneous papers to be presented related to conference sub-themes
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch Break
1:00 - 5:00 Simultaneous papers to be presented related to conference sub-themes: Enhancing LGU's Capability on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation and Disaster Risk Reduction Management - Mr. Reuel Maga, Project Manager-SURGE Project, Plan International
5:00 - 10:00 Fellowship Night and Entertainment

Day 3 - September 5

6:00 - 8:00 Registration and Breakfast
8:00 - 12:00 Tour to hardest hit towns by Typhoons Ruby and Amang
12:00 Lunch/Home Sweet Home

Contact Us

Secretariat c/o Dr. Vicente A. Agda, Jr. (+63 915 800 9537)
Registration Committee c/o Ms. Maricar T. Obina (+63 912 985 5778)
Email: essu.disaster.summit@gmail.com
Conference official website: https://seminars.essu.edu.ph/idrrm
Facebook: /EasternSamarStateUniversity