Philippines Case Study Urban Disaster Response

Opulencia-Calub, S. & Gough, T.
Publication language
Date published
01 Feb 2019
Research, reports and studies
Disasters, Response and recovery, Urban
Global Alliance for Urban Crises

The Republic of the Philippines is a middle-income country that is fast urbanizing. It is located in a geographically high-risk position regarding natural disasters – typhoons, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and landslides frequently occur and result in loss of life, damage to property and major disruption. In addition, there are areas where armed conflict periodically breaks out, again greatly affecting the civilian population and infrastructure.

This case study set out to present how Filipino emergency responders work following a disaster. One aim was to look at the correlation between the competencies and proficiencies presented in the Urban Competency Framework for Humanitarian Action (UCF) and what local skilled emergency responders felt were important attributes for responding to emergencies in the Philippines. This was achieved by conducting a desk study and interviews with key people from local organizations active in emergency response. Interviews were conducted with a range of responders, from senior members of organizations to grassroots responders working at the community level.