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province in the Philippines is beset by multiple climatic and geologic hazards,
but it has largely managed to stick to its zero-casualty goals during
disasters. In fact, many international organizations have hailed the provincial
government’s highly effective disaster risk response and management (DRRM).
Through interviews, focus group discussions, and document analysis, the
researchers sought to know the reasons for Albay’s success. Six strategies were
discovered: (1) making DRRM a goal, (2) ordaining policies on DRRM, (3)
building institutions related to DRRM, (4) providing an adequate budget for
DRRM, (5) implementing DRRM programs and projects, and (6) forging partnerships
with other DRRM stakeholders. Recommendations on how other provinces can
replicate the Albay system are provided.