Joemar Perez

Title of Master Project: Disaster Risk Reduction Demystified: Localizing the Disaster Risk Indicators in the Philippines


Disaster risk reduction (DRR) practitioners and researchers generally refer to the World Risk Index to understand the overall level of disaster risk in the country. According to the said report, the Philippines is ranked the third (3) country at risk to disasters globally. Given the disaster risk index ratings published by the World Risk Index and the existence of other indicators in the literature, the study aims to develop a set of localized indicators for use in the country. The main end use of these indicators will be the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), as the implementing arm of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). Content analysis, survey, interviews, and focus group discussions will be used as methodologies. Quezon City will be used for testing the implementation of the localized disaster risk indicators to be developed out of the study.
The Philippines, commonly known as the “laboratory” of disasters, serves as one of the subjects of interest by DRR researchers and practitioners. Given the disaster risk attributes of the Philippines, it is ranked as the third country that is at risk to disasters globally, according to the World Risk Index.