What to expect at the Agos Summit on Disaster Preparedness

What to expect at the Agos Summit on Disaster Preparedness
Know more about the speakers at the Agos Summit on Disaster Preparedness on July 7-8 at SM Aura's Samsung Hall. Register for limited free tickets today!

MANILA, Philippines – The observance of the National Disaster Resilience Month in July is a reminder to everyone of the need to reduce risks and be prepared for disasters. And what better way to learn about disaster preparedness than from the experts and practitioners themselves?

On July 7-8, disaster management experts, responders, policy makers, and volunteers will gather for the first ever Agos Summit on Disaster Preparedness at the Samsung Hall of SM Aura mall in Taguig.

The summit aims to bring together key stakeholders, tackle pressing issues, and learn from good practices that mitigated risks or achieved zero casualty. Whether you are a disaster management professional, a government information officer, a business person, or a concerned citizen who is interested in learning about disaster preparedness, this summit is for you.

Tickets to the summit are free but MovePH – Rappler’s civic engagement arm – will be accepting voluntary contributions at the entrance which will benefit the continuing development of the Agos eBayanihan platform. Agos facilitates the open sharing of critical information using social media, technology, and crowdsourcing. It is powered by Ateneo de Manila University’s eBayanihan platform.

For those living outside Metro Manila, the summit will be livestreamed on Rappler.com. Join the #ZeroCasualty Community on Facebook to get the latest updates and behind the scenes stories from the summit.

Day 1: #NowPH and #MMShakeDrill

Day 1 of the summit begins at 10 am, highlighting the experience of the #NowPH (Not on Our Watch – Philippines) movement, which was led by the Climate Change Commission (CCC) and the National Youth Commission (NYC). The initiative pushed for climate action, gathering nearly 3.6 million voices of support that were heard at the historic climate change conference in Paris in 2015.

Invited speakers for this session include NowPH convenors: CCC Vice Chair Vernice Victorio, NYC Commissioner Paul Pangilinan, and YesPinoy Foundation founder Dingdong Dantes.

The afternoon session will focus on the upcoming Metro Manila Shake Drill (#MMShakeDrill), a metro-wide earthquake drill which will be held from July 14 to 17, 2017 to test the metro’s response to a possible 7.2-magnitude earthquake.

Chairman Danny Lim of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will discuss plans for the #MMShakeDrill and what companies, schools, and the general public should do before, during and after the drill.

Representatives of Metro Manila-based establishments, village associations, and civic groups are highly encouraged to attend Day 1 of the Summit to learn about best practices for conducting earthquake drills in your communities.

The first day will also feature inspiring and educational talks from well-respected experts such as former Office of Civil Defense administrator and disaster management head Alexander Pama and Pasig City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) head Ritche Van Angeles.

Day 2: Gearing up for climate action and disaster preparedness 

The second day of the program covers a broad range of topics and features a variety of thought leaders and experts.

The day begins with a discussion on how we can help vulnerable communities adapt to climate change and its effects. Invited speakers include disaster preparedness and climate action champions Senator Loren Legarda, Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda, and Secretary Vernice Victorio of the CCC.

After every disaster, ensuring that life goes on and businesses return to normal is critical for post-disaster recovery. The second session of Day 2 will discuss how business continuity is part of community resilience and will include speakers from the Philippine Disaster Resiliency Foundation (PDRF) and Smart Communications.

Disaster preparedness is not just the government’s responsibility. We all have a part to play. Session 3 of Day 2 will tackle the role of civic action in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Keynoting the session is Senator Richard Gordon who also chairs the Philippine Red Cross. Other speakers include Oxfam in the Philippines head Daniel Sinnathamby and Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-National Secretariat for Social Action (CBCP-NASSA) head Father Edwin Gariguez.

Session 4 will focus on how we can better localize disaster preparedness so that every community and local government takes full ownership of the planning, management, and recovery from a disaster. Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad, the current executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and OCD administrator, headlines the session alongside Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) undersecretary Austere Panadero.

The final session of the day tackles the challenges that lie ahead and how education is the key to meeting these challenges. The Department of Education’s (DepEd) Director Ronilda Co will talk about how disaster preparedness can be mainstreamed in the classroom. Other speakers include UP Resiliency Institute head Mahar Lagmay and Assistant Director Tetsuya Koide from the Japan Foundation.

Wrapping up the day’s talks will be Department of Science and Technology (DOST) undersecretary for disaster preparedness Dr Renato Solidum.

XChange Fair

Outside the Samsung Hall, Agos partners will have booths displaying the latest gear for your Go Bags and other informative exhibits. There will also be a demonstration on how to create a solar lamp by the Liter of Light Foundation. The XChange Fair is open to the public.

The Summit is organized by MovePH, Rappler’s civic engagement arm, and is co-presented by SM Supermalls, the official venue partner. The Summit is also made possible with the support of Ateneo de Manila University’s eBayanihan program, the MMDA, and the Japan Foundation. 

Participants must register for each day they want to attend. Seats at the Summit are limited so get your free tickets today!

Full Program

Day 1 – July 7, 2017

8:00 – 10:00 am


Opening of XChange Fair

10:00 – 10:10 am

Welcome Remarks

Maria Ressa

CEO, Rappler

Movement for Climate Action and Disaster Resilience

10:10 – 10:20 am

From climate change to disasters:

Moving communities through digitally fueled action

Voltaire Tupaz

MovePH Editor

10:20 – 10:40 am

Climate Action – Impact on Women

Vernice Victorio

Commissioner, CCC

10:40 – 10:50 am

UNICEF Report: Climate change from the children’s perspective

Javier Bornstein

Emergency and Disaster Risk Reduction Officer, UNICEF

10:50 – 11:10 am

Preparing the youth to be disaster resilient

Paul Pangilinan

Commissioner at Large, NYC

11:10 – 11:20 am

Agos Partner Presentations:

Bambike Disaster Assesment Response Team

Bryan McClelland

Founder of Bambikes

11:20 – 11:40 pm

Sparking action in the youth

GO BAG Project

Dingdong Dantes

Yes Pinoy Foundation

11:40 – 12:00 pm

Panel Q&A

Vernice Victorio

Paul Pangilinan

Dingdong Dantes

Javier Bornstein

Voltaire Tupaz

Moderated by:

Pebbles Sanchez

Executive Director, Yes Pinoy Foundation

12:00 – 1:00 pm


XChange Fair

1:00 – 1:15 pm

Welcome Remarks

Rupert Ambil

Executive Director, MovePH

MMShakeDrill: Preparing for the Big One

1:15 – 1:30 pm

Keynote Speech

BGen Danilo Lim (ret)

Chairman, MMDA

1:30 – 1:45 pm

How LGUs are preparing for the Big One

Herbert Bautista

Quezon City Mayor (TBC)

1:45 – 2:30 pm

#EarthquakePH: The Metro Manila Shake Drill 2017

Ramon Santiago

OIC, Flood Control Info Center, MMDA

2:45 – 3:15 pm

Panel Q&A: #EarthquakePH

BGen. Danilo Lim (ret)

RAdm. Alexander Pama (ret)

Mayor Herbert Bautista (TBC)

Ramon Santiago

MMShakeDrill Quadrant Commanders

Moderated by:

Voltaire Tupaz

MovePH Editor

3:15 – 3:20 pm

Agos Partner Presentations:

Liter of Light

Illac Diaz

Liter of Light Founder

3:20 – 3:30 pm

Agos Partner Presentations:

K9 SAR Team

Ramon Santiago


3:30 – 3:40 pm

Agos Partner Presentations:

PH72 – an Emegency Preparedness Tool

Migel Estoque

Communications Manager, PDRF

3:40 – 4:30 pm

Training Workshop for Agos Volunteers


  • Social Media Training

  • Agos eBayanihan Platform

  • Volunteer Mobilization

Rupert Ambil

Executive Director, MovePH

Dr. Reena Estuar, PhD

Ateneo de Manila University

4:30 – 4:45 pm

Inspirational Talk

Ritche Van Angeles

Pasig City DRRM Chief

4:45 – 5:00 pm


XChange Fair

Day 2 – July 8, 2017

7:00 – 9:00 am


Opening of XChange Fair

Preparing Vulnerable Communities for Climate Change and Disaster Resiliency

9:00 – 9:10 am

Welcome Remarks

Maria Ressa

CEO, Rappler

9:10 – 9:30 am

Keynote Speech

Sen. Loren Legarda


9:30 – 9:40 am

Video recap of Day 1

Rupert Ambil

Executive Director, MovePH

9:40 – 9:50 am

Policy Reforms for Climate Change

Cong. Joey Salceda

2nd District, Albay (TBC)

9:50 – 10:00 am

Women in Climate Change

Vernice Victorio

Commissioner, CCC

10:00 – 10:30 am

Panel Q&A: Climate Change Adaptation

Sen. Loren Legarda

Joey Salceda (TBC)

Vernice Victorio

Javier Bornstein, UNICEF

Moderated by:

Voltaire Tupaz

MovePH Editor

Community Resiliency

10:30 – 10:45

Community Resiliency through Business Continuity

Rhiza Nery

Business Continuity Program Manager, PDRF

10:45 – 11:00

Bridging the Community

Darwin Flores

VP for Community Partnerships, Smart

11:00 – 11:10

Agos Partner Presentations:

Humanitarian Leadership Academy

Jocelyn Pilapil

Director, Humanitarian Leadership Academy

11:10 – 11:20

Agos Partner Presentations:

Staying Alive PH

Martin Aguda

Social Media for Social Good

11:20  – 12:00 nn

Relaunch of Agos eBayanihan Platform

Maria Ressa

CEO, Rappler

Dr. Reena Estuar, PhD

Ateneo de Manila University

12:00 – 1:00 pm

Lunch Break

XChange Fair 

Civic Action for DRRM

1:00 – 1:30 pm

Gearing up the Philippine Red Cross

Sen. Richard Gordon

Chairman, Philippine Red Cross

1:30 – 1:50 pm

Challenges of Disaster Financing  

Daniel Sinnathamby

Country Director, Oxfam

1:50 – 2:10 pm

Social Action Communities

Fr. Edwin Gariguez


2:10 – 2:20 pm

Engaging Communities for Disaster Response

Hope Hervilla

Undersecretary, DSWD

2:20 – 2:30 pm

Empowering the handicapp to be disaster resilient

Carissa Galla

DRR Advisor, Handicap International

2:30 – 2:40 pm

Agos Partner Presentations:


Jay Beltran


Localizing Disaster Preparedness

2:40 – 3:00 pm

National Government

Ricardo Jalad

Undersecretary, Office of Civil Defense

3:00 – 3:10 pm

Project Listo

Austere Panadero

Undersecretary, DILG

3:10 – 3:20 pm

Local Government Preparedness

Manuel Mamba

Governor, Cagayan

3:20 – 3:40 pm

Panel Q&A: Localizing Disaster Preparedness

Usec. Ricardo Jalad

Usec. Austere Panadero

Gov. Manuel Mamba

Myke Marasigan, QCDRRMO

Junica Soriano, Save the Children

Moderated by:

Gemma Mendoza

Content and Research Strategy Head, Rappler

#SafeSchoolsPH: Mainstreaming DRR-CCA in Schools

3:40 – 4:00 pm

Education is the key to Zero Casualty

Ronilda Co

Director, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Services, DepEd

4:00 – 4:20 pm

From Project NOAH to UP Resilience Institute

Mahar Lagmay


4:20 – 4:30 pm

Project HANDS

Tetsuya Koide

Assistant Director, Japan Foundation

4:30 – 4:50 pm

Keynote Speech

Disaster Imagination

Renato Solidum

Undersecretary, DOST

4:50 pm


Photo Taking

XChange Fair

– Rappler.com


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