Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation

Introduction: The devastating typhoons that hit the Philippines in 2009 prompted the Philippine government to establish the Special National Public Reconstruction Commission to evaluate typhoon risk factors and lead the recovery process. The Commission was a public-private partnership with a mandate to bring together the government and the private sector in organising the recovery process and to explore solutions to the flooding and destruction triggered by typhoons. The private sector component was originally named the Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation (PDRF). In 2015, PDRF changed its official name to the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation.

Purpose: To support the collaboration of disaster preparedness, recovery and rehabilitation efforts between the government, humanitarian and business sectors at national, provincial and local levels in the Philippines. PDRF enhances the national disaster preparedness and recovery capacity and strengthens the private sector’s ability to respond to disasters and emergencies.

Origins: PDRF was set up as a business-led coordination body with the aim to address key gaps in disaster risk management and complementing the government in areas where it was restricted by limited capacities, budgetary constraints and/or bureaucratic challenges.

Partners: Department of Trade and Industry, US- Philippines Society, Suy Sing Commercial Corporation, Philippine Business for Social Progress, and local government units. Operation Compassion, Filipinos Unite, National Federation of Filipino American Associations, United Methodist Committee on Relief, and local government units. Department of Education, PLDT – Smart Foundation, PLDT Gabay Guro Programme, Embracing the World


  • Livelihood-seeding programme to stimulate entrepreneurship, combat unemployment and restore economic health in disaster-affected communities
  • Grants to support the restoration of micro-retail businesses and stores
  • Emergency and evacuation centres
  • Reconstruction of classrooms and school buildings
  • Provision of educational and learning resource materials
  • School feeding programmes to combat malnutrition
  • Running sports clinics to foster overall wellness and psychosocial recovery of young disaster survivors through sports and camaraderie- building activities
  • Restoration and protection of natural resources by engaging local communities in environmental protection programmes and sustainable livelihood options
  • Managing mobile clinics and e-health centres
  • Reconstruction and restoration of public structures, buildings and transportation
  • Facilitating coordination and collaboration for disaster risk management among businesses, government and non-governmental organisations, as well as with international humanitarian organisations
  • Supporting individual companies, including small and medium-sized enterprises, to improve corporate disaster risk management and preparedness.

Achievements: To date, PDRF has run over 22 programmes and engaged with more than 80 businesses. The Foundation has become an access point for companies seeking to engage in disaster-related efforts and for government and humanitarian organisations that wish to work more effectively with the business sector. This is reflected in the large and diverse set of programmes and projects led or supported by PDRF. Through these programmes and projects, PDRF is continuing to make significant contributions to disaster preparedness, response, recovery and rehabilitation at all levels in the Philippines.

Governance: The PDRF board of trustees facilitates broad representation among member companies. A chairperson leads it. Members of the board are drawn from different businessess and humanitarian organisations.

Synergies: PDRF developed into a nationwide platform that mobilises, informs and directs business contributions and engagement for disaster management. It supports cross-sector coordination and collaboration in dealing with natural and man-made disasters.

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Typhoon Nock-Ten hit the Philippines in December 2016 affecting over 2,925,000 people. On top of this, roads, crops, infrastructure, and power lines were also heavily affected.

The private sector network helped to:

  •  restore power and telecom services
  •  donated over 6,800 relief items to affected families
  •  provided permanent shelters in heavily damaged areas


  • Meralco sent teams of linemen to help restore power in Catanduanes, Albay and Sorsogon. They worked over the New Year's holiday to replace downed power lines. Aboitiz Power sent other teams to re-energize Albay. Promate donated generators to be used to restore electricity.

  • TELECOMS - Both Smart and Globe supported reestablishment of telecom service. Smart set up “Libreng Tawag” kiosks in some parts of Albay, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Marinduque and Sorsogon. Globe set up “libreng tawag” and “libreng charging stations” in Boac, Marinduque and in Barangay Tinago, Naga City.

  • RELIEF - The Alagang Kapatid Foundation made up of MVP companies sent a team to Bato, Catanduanes to assess damage and distribute food packs from PLDT Smart Foundation, hygiene kits, a genset and water from One Meralco Foundation along with satellite phones from Smart. The Aboitiz Group committed to donate relief items to 5000 families in some affected areas.

  • EDUCATION - Many schools were damaged and needed to be repaired particularly in Regions 4A, 4B and 5. Students required new learning kits.

  • WATER - Certain areas such as Catanduanes need drinking water. Coca Cola Foundation coordinated with appropriate local officials and committed to donate water for relief operations.

  • FINANCE - Agriculture was heavily damaged and farmers needed loans to replant their crops and recover from the typhoon.

  • DONATIONS - In response to PDRF’s appeal, Ayala Foundation donated P1 million while First Pacific gave another P1 million.  Peace and Equity Foundation donated P500,000. A prominent Filipina American has given $1,000.

Among PDRF activities to respond to Typhoon Nock-Ten are:

  1. Documented private sector response and informed member companies of critical areas for assistance such as restoration of telecom service and power, need for generator sets and shelter, repair of schools and need for learning kits;
  2. Participated in NDRMMC AND UN OCHA meetings to represent the private sector; attached are the latest reports from both groups;
  3. Activated the Emergency Operations Center and now shifted to Relief and Recovery Operations;
  4. Issued a call for support both locally and internationally;
  5. Partnering with Habitat for Humanity to help repair over 3,000 damaged houses in Albay and Camarines Sur.

If you’d like to support, contact PDRF