Philippines Develops New Disaster Loss Database

The Philippines, one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, has begun to develop a new disaster loss database to help it systematically account for its disaster losses.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and the Office of Civil Defense of the Philippine government have already started developing the database, receiving support from the U.N. International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.

As part of the program, a four-day workshop was held in Manila last week. The workshop provided hands-on training on how to use the database and addressed the building of an institutional framework within the government that will ensure the maintenance and regular updating of the database for stakeholders to analyze risks in their specific areas of operations. It was attended by people from ministries, government agencies, non-governmental organizations and the academe.

“Disaster loss accounting is the fundamental first step to understand risk and to justify increased investment in disaster risk reduction,” U.N. Special Representative of the Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction Margareta Wahlström said. “We are delighted that [the] Philippines has joined the growing number of countries to take this important step.”

The Philippines is the latest Asian country to adapt the disaster loss database. Indonesia, Iran and Sri Lanka have fully institutionalized disaster databases, and Vietnam and Laos are already well advanced in the process.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.