BORONGAN CITY- All systems go for the Eastern Samar State University (ESSU), based here, is hosting the 4th International Conference on Integrated Disaster Risk Reduction Management – considered as one of the major events in the field of DRRM – on Sept. 4-6 at the ESSU Multi-purpose Hall.
This year’s theme is “Managing our future by managing disasters” aims to find innovative ideas in dealing with complexities and change associated with man-made and natural disasters that have become the currency of the times.
ESSU is mandated to look for avenues and platforms in a form of scholarly endeavors that will lend an explanation, information or if not a possible solution associated with climatic and environmental forces including acts of terrorism that threaten human existence.
A total of 250 participants coming from various public and private elementary, secondary and tertiary institutions particularly those designated as DRRM officers in each school, provincial/city/municipal DRRM officers, researchers and representatives from INGAs are expected to attend the 3-day event.
One of the highlights of the conference is the paper and poster presentation focusing on two thematic areas, namely: risk assessment, risk reduction and management including conflict management; disaster response and sustainable development that are anchored on the National Climate Change Action Plan.
A parallel session will also be held exclusively for delegates coming from local government units and INGAs with the following subject matter experts: Dante Eleuterio and Xyla Ortinero of Save the Children organization; Mayor Richard Gomez of Ormoc City or his representative; Atty. Bonifacio Uy, NEDA 8 regional director; Engr. Arnaldo Villanon, director, alternative renewable energy center; and Forester Edgar Peque, director, Center for Eco-Governance and Climate Change Adaptation.
The welcome address will be delivered by Edmundo Campoto, president of ESSU.
The keynote speaker is Dr. Mel Capistrano, country manager of the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) with headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand.
Former DENR Secretary Gina Lopez will also give a message concerning her advocacy on environmental protection and management.
Six distinguished plenary speakers will deliver lectures during the first day of the conference which includes, Atty. Antonio La Viña, executive director of Manila Observatory and former dean, School of Governance, Ateneo de Manila University; Dr. Gideon Lasco, a PhD graduate from the University of the Amsterdam and columnist of the Phil. Daily Inquirer; Dr. Fibon Tan, an associate professor of the Mapua Institute of Technology and an awardee during an international congress of scientists in Moscow, Russia held this year; Dr. Melvin Jabar who obtained his PhD in Japan; Dr. Teofredo Esguerra, the unit lead of the energy development corporation; and Dr. Arnolfo Monleon of the Marinduque State College.(PR)