Understanding Local Government Resilience: A Case Study on how the Local Government of Marikina City Reacted to the Flood in September 2009

  • Marian CruzEmail author
Part of the Springer Environmental Science and Engineering book series (SPRINGERENVIRON)


In the face of climate change and its impacts, the best response of cities is to improve their resiliency. However, it is interesting to view an organization such as a local government, as one of the means to improve resilience of a city. This study aims to understand organizational resilience, i.e. a resilient local government, as a response to the impacts of climate change. In September 2009, the local government of Marikina City experienced a significant amount of stress when Tropical Storm Ketsana hit the country and devastated not only Marikina, but cities and municipalities in the metro and in the northern parts of the Philippines. The study area was one of the hardest hit by the heavy flood caused by the tropical storm. This sudden shock, which was considered by Philippine scientists as an extreme rainfall event, affected almost all inhabitants of Marikina, damaged houses and interrupted local businesses. This chapter is part of a much broader case study under the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s International Climate Protection Fellowship Programme.


Climate change Resilience Local Government 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Perk Technical Consultants CorporationPasig CityPhilippines
  2. 2.Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung/FoundationBonnGermany
  3. 3.Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional DevelopmentDresdenGermany

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