Local Government Profile
Dagupan - Philippines
Hon. Benjamin Saplan Lim
A government’s success wholly depends on the cooperation of its leaders, and the willingness of its people to share in that responsibility.
Website of the city : www.dagupan.gov.ph
Size : 150,000km2 sq km
Population : 2011 - 500,000
Leader Title : Mayor
Hazards : Tsunami, Storm Surge, Flood, Earthquake, Cyclone
Earthquake- There are two factors why Dagupan City is very vulnerable to geological hazards particularly on earthquakes. One is due to the regional setting where large areas are bound to be affected by high-magnitude earthquakes. The other reason is due to the local setting where shaking forces may be amplified. The major earthquake that hit the City was on July 16, 1990. The earthquake caused a decrease in the elevation of the city and several areas were flooded. The city suffered 64 casualties of which 47 survived and 17 died. Most injuries were sustained during stampedes at a university building and a theater.

Flooding- The poor elevation of the City makes it more vulnerable to flooding. Moreover, this geological characteristic of Dagupan is the reason why the City is the catch basin of flood waters from the neighboring towns.

Cyclone- In the vicinity of Dagupan City, the typhoon passage frequency is about 5 cyclones each year. One of the recent most noted typhoons that hit the City was typhoon Pepeng which brought massive flooding and infrastructure damages in the City.

Tsunami and Storm Surge- Although there is no reported tsunami or storm surge that devastated the City, these hazards must be considered as well because Dagupan is a coastal city which makes it very vulnerable to such calamities.
*Simultaneous disaster drills
*Institutionalize competency/capability
*Institutionalize partnerships with the community/barangays
* Institutionalize partnerships with private sector institutions (business sector, NGOS, Cause-Oriented Groups)