DSWD Disaster Response Management Bureau (DRMB) Office

Natural calamities are a tragic reality that can strike unexpectedly, causing immense upheaval in the lives of many. The Philippines, being geographically prone to various natural disasters such as typhoons, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions, has established a robust mechanism to manage emergency response effectively. At the heart of this mechanism is the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Disaster Response Management Bureau (DRMB), a lifeline for Filipinos affected by calamities.

This office serves as the principal arm of the Philippine government responsible for disaster response and crisis management. Established to efficiently address the needs arising from various emergencies and calamities, the bureau coordinates and implements programs that provide immediate and effective relief, ensuring that assistance reaches those most in need.

At the core of its mandate, the DSWD DRMB is tasked with the primary purpose of developing and enhancing a robust system for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. It places significant emphasis on safeguarding vulnerable populations by providing services such as evacuation, distribution of relief goods, and facilitating recovery programs. The bureau’s efforts are geared towards rebuilding lives and fostering resilience within communities stricken by disasters.

Disaster Response Management Bureau
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What is the DSWD DRMB?

The DRMB is a specialized bureau within the DSWD in the Philippines. It’s charged with leading the development, coordination, and implementation of comprehensive response management programs. This includes providing necessary support and psychosocial services to the victims of disasters to facilitate their recovery and rehabilitation.

Legal Basis

The establishment and operation of the DSWD DRMB are grounded in various legislative acts and national policies, including the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 and the DSWD’s mandate to provide social protection and promote the rights and welfare of the poor and vulnerable. Moreover, the bureau operates under international laws and standards for emergency response, ensuring that its operations are up to global humanitarian standards.


The DRMB offers a wide array of benefits, which include:

  • Immediate provision of family food packs and non-food items.
  • Emergency cash transfers to support affected families.
  • Comprehensive emergency programs for the protection of children, pregnant and lactating mothers.
  • Camp coordination and management services for internally displaced persons.
  • Risk resiliency programs through cash-for-work initiatives.

Eligibility / Qualifications

Eligibility for the DRMB’s assistance programs typically includes those directly affected by a disaster—

  • internally displaced persons, 
  • vulnerable sectors such as children, 
  • the elderly, 
  • pregnant and lactating women, and 
  • those whose livelihoods have been disrupted by calamities.



To access the services provided by DRMB, affected individuals or families need to comply with certain requirements, which may include:

  • Valid identification documents.
  • Proof of being affected by the disaster (e.g., certification from local authorities).
  • Registration with local social welfare offices or evacuation centers.


Some of the key programs spearheaded by DRMB are:

  • Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM): This ensures that the basic needs and protection of internally displaced persons are met both inside and outside evacuation centers.
  • Comprehensive Emergency Program for Children (CEPC): Under the Children’s Emergency Relief and Protection Act, this program aims to safeguard children and mothers during disasters.
  • Cash/Food for Work (CFW): A short-term intervention providing temporary employment in exchange for participation in preparedness and risk reduction activities.
  • Risk Resiliency Program: This aims to bolster the resilience of vulnerable communities against climate change through the CFW modality.
  • DROMIC (Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center): This program serves as the central hub for real-time information and coordination during disasters, enabling efficient response and resource allocation. It empowers decision-making by providing timely and accurate data to government agencies and humanitarian organizations.
  • FNFIs (Fast Notification and Forwarding Initiatives): This program utilizes advanced communication technologies to ensure rapid emergency alerts reach communities at risk. Through innovative early warning systems and information dissemination channels, FNFIs strive to minimize casualties and damage by empowering timely evacuation and preparedness measures.
  • E-Reklamo (Electronic Reklamation System): This online platform offers a streamlined and transparent process for submitting and tracking complaints related to emergency response services. It empowers citizens to voice concerns and hold authorities accountable, contributing to improved service delivery and strengthened disaster management governance.



CFW Program






How to Become Part of the DSWD DRMB Program

  1. Identification: Determine which program you are eligible for based on the type of disaster and your circumstances.
  2. Documentation: Gather necessary documents such as IDs and certifications.
  3. Registration: Engage with local authorities or DSWD offices to register for assistance.
  4. Verification: Await verification from the DSWD or local social welfare officers.
  5. Participation: For programs like CFW, participate in the required activities.
  6. Receiving Aid: Collect the assistance provided, whether it’s food packs, cash assistance, or any other support.
  7. Feedback and Follow-Up: Provide feedback on the assistance received through platforms like E-Reklamo and stay informed about further assistance through the DROMIC Virtual Operations Center.

Success Stories / Recent Updates

Strengthening Anticipatory Action for Disaster Resilience: DSWD-UN-FAO Joint Meeting

The DSWD Disaster Response Management Bureau (DRMB), under the leadership of Director Michael Cristopher Mathay, joined forces with the United Nations-Food and Agriculture Organization (UN-FAO), represented by Ms. Ruth Georget, Social Policy and Program Coordinator, in the First National Anticipatory Action Technical Working Group Meeting for 2024. The meeting aimed to update and enhance anticipatory initiatives in response to the ongoing disasters and emergencies in the country. The discussions centered on the harmonization and strengthening of triggers for anticipatory actions, emphasizing the crucial role of collaboration in developing an effective strategy for disaster resilience. This joint effort signifies a commitment to proactive measures that will help mitigate the impact of future disasters and ensure the well-being of communities across the nation.

DSWD Launches Project LAWA AT BINHI to Empower Impoverished Families

In preparation for the highly anticipated launch of Project LAWA AT BINHI (Local Adaptation to Water Access and Breaking Insufficiency through Nutritious Harvest for the Impoverished), DSWD Special Assistant to the Secretary (SAS) Maria Isabel Lanada, along with personnel from the Disaster Response Management Bureau and Disaster Response Management Division (DRMD) of DSWD Field Office III, led by Ms. Marites Liwanag, paid a courtesy call to Hon. Ronaldo T. Flores, Mayor of Doña Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan, on January 31, 2024.

The Project LAWA AT BINHI, a groundbreaking initiative by the DSWD, aims to enhance the adaptive capabilities of impoverished and vulnerable families in addressing socio-environmental risks through targeted interventions focused on food security and water sufficiency. This flagship program seeks to empower communities by providing them with the necessary tools and resources to overcome challenges and achieve sustainable livelihoods.

Also present during this significant event were Ms. Rowena Tiongson of the Bulacan Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) and Ms. Cristina Dela Cruz of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) of Doña Remedios Trinidad. Together, they are committed to ensuring the success of Project LAWA AT BINHI and improving the lives of those in need.

952 Beneficiaries of Food-for-Work Program in Infanta, Pangasinan Receive Family Food Packs

In Infanta, Pangasinan, a total of 952 beneficiaries of the Food-for-Work (FFW) program have received one Family Food Pack (FFP) each in exchange for their two days of work. The FFW beneficiaries consist of impoverished families, solo parents, and Persons With Disability (PWD) who participated in cleaning activities along the streets, canals, and coastal areas. The FFW program, initiated by the DSWD, aims to provide temporary employment opportunities to vulnerable sectors related to disaster prevention and preparedness, rehabilitation, and activities that contribute to mitigating and combating the effects of Climate Change.


Video: Video Message of DSWD Secretary REX Gatchalian on Disaster Preparedness

(DSWD) Secretary REX Gatchalian announced the accomplishments of the department in disaster response and relief operations. These include the distribution of a record-breaking Php 2,156,208 worth of family food packs (FFPs) and the establishment of the Disaster Response Command Center (DRCC). The DRCC is one of the initiatives of the DSWD in response to the directive of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. to ensure swift assistance to disaster victims.



The DSWD DRMB embodies the Philippine government’s commitment to safeguarding its citizens during the most challenging times. By providing structured, empathetic, and efficient emergency response services, the DRMB not only assists in immediate relief but also in the sustainable recovery and empowerment of affected communities. The bureau’s initiatives reflect a concerted effort to build a resilient nation, capable of rising above adversities brought about by natural calamities. For those affected by disasters, the DRMB’s programs offer a beacon of hope and a path toward recovery, emphasizing the Filipino spirit’s resilience and unity.

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