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Pasig City Resilience to Earthquakes and Floods Project
June 2011 - September 2012
Location: Pasig City Philippines
Sponsored by: Pasig City Government

Project Summary

The Pasig City Resilience to Earthquakes and Floods Project developed a disaster risk reduction and management plan for managing the earthquake and flood risks of the city through the support and involvement of the various local stakeholders.

 Project Objectives

 The project objectives are to:

  1. Review, update and validation of the city’s existing plans to conform to the Philippines Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 and to international standards;
  2. Conduct high resolution assessment of earthquake and flood risks including identification of impact by neighborhood and pinpointing of hotspots;
  3. Produce information, education and communication materials specifically for earthquake and floods,
  4. Develop a geo-spatial database that provides real-time access to the most accurate information on disaster risks, and
  5. Develop a risk atlas which contains relevant earthquake and flood hazard information, including risk maps to facilitate decision-making prior to, during and after disasters, and
  6. Develop a disaster risk management tool kit for sharing within all city agencies for uniformity and efficiency in policy making, planning and action. Further, the project includes a review of the city’s comprehensive land use plan for risk sensitivity, a review of the process of code implementation, as well as various technical trainings for engineers, planners and disaster management professionals.


The development of the Pasig City DRRMP involved the following methodology:

Establish Institutional Goals and City vision for Disaster Risk Management and Reduction;

  1. Set up the Standards for accomplishing the vision and reaching the goals based on international best practices;
  2. Review and Assess Pasig City’s Disaster Management Plans developed by C3 with respect to established standards;
  3. Integrate with Hazards, Vulnerability and Risk Assessment (HVRA) of Pasig City through MMEIRS, other sources (e.g. PHIVOLCS, PAGASA, UNDP), and experts’ assessment and analysis; and,
  4. Validate and Institutionalize through a series of workshops with leaders and department managers to formulate a disaster risk management strategy and action plan, and to mobilize the full city’s potential.
  5. Structure a final DRRMP for implementation with clearly state and concise recommendations (“What”), rationales (“Why”), strategies (“How”), and assignment (“Who”).
  6. Provide an Implementation Plan to guide the City in the steps and process for implementation including priorities.

EMI has used this approach in many cities, including in its recently completed Disaster Risk Management Master Plan for Greater Mumbai. It can thus move the city through this process efficiently, with a clear vision on the steps and goals for each step.

 Project Accomplishments/Deliverables

 High resolution hazard, vulnerability and risk assessments for earthquake and floods focusing on impacts of risks to city services and functions

  • Development of disaster risk reduction and management toolkit for use by city officials in their planning and decision-making
  • Review and analysis of existing Geographic Information System, Legal and Institutional Arrangements, Emergency Management practice, and Land Use Planning & Construction Code and Standards
  • Capacity building of city officials, technical specialists, and national government agencies on Emergency Management, Risk Analysis, and Rapid Visual Screening to determine physical vulnerability of structures, Network Analysis for DRRM, Risk Sensitive Land Use Planning.
  • Development of audience-specific information, education and communication materials for earthquake and flood preparedness

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