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A Proposed Framework For Institutional Risk Management For Philippine Tourism Accommodation Establishments

Volume 3 - Issue 12, December 2019 Edition
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Author(s)
Leticia Susan L. Solis
Keywords
Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM); hotels and tourism accommodation; institutional risk management
Abstract
The geographical location of the Philippines is one which makes the country vulnerable to natural hazards such as volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. Being situated in the Pacific Rim, it is also in the path of seasonal typhoons and monsoon rains which eventually lead to floods, storm surges, storms, and other calamities. Recognizing the significance of the need to ensure safety of visitors, employees and the wider community, as well as to secure tourism infrastructure, the study aimed to assess the status of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) in tourism accommodation establishments in the Philippines in coping with natural hazards. As a pioneering research, the study attempted to determine the status of DRRM in terms of risk management, i.e. prevention and mitigation, and preparation of Philippine accommodation establishments to meet the study objective of ascertaining readiness level prior to the occurrence of a natural hazard. From the current practices utilized by the various hotels in the study, and in consideration of the legal requirements vis a vis DRRM in the country, a framework for institutional risk management processes is proposed.
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