Secretary Emmanuel M. De Guzman

Mr. Emmanuel “Manny” M. de Guzman is an international expert on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA), a public health specialist, and an economist, with more than 30 years of experience in public policy and civil society, and more than 20 years of professional work in the fields of DRR, CCA, and humanitarian action at national and international levels.

He previously worked in the Philippine Government under four administrations. He was director at the Department of National Defense and deputy administrator at the Office for Civil Defense—National Disaster Coordinating Council, 1998-2001. He was advisor on contingency planning at the National Security Council, 1997-1998. He was head executive assistant and national program manager at the Department of Health, 1986-1997.

Outside government, Mr. de Guzman advised national and local government agencies and international and regional organizations, including the United Nations system, on DRR and CCA for sustainable development, health emergency preparedness and crisis management, multi-hazard early warning, gender mainstreaming, public-private partnership, and policy leadership and advocacy.

As an international advisor on DRR and CCA, he had carried out work in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Cuba, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, and Viet Nam. 

He was senior regional expert on disaster risk management of the ASEAN Secretariat in 2006 and 2013. He had also served as senior advisor on DRR of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) in Geneva, Switzerland, and promoted high-level policy advocacy and action, and multistakeholder partnership on DRR and CCA, 2007-2015.

Mr. de Guzman was appointed commissioner of the Philippine Climate Change Commission (CCC) in September 2015. As climate change secretary, he has led the negotiations by the Philippines on the Paris Agreement since the 21st Session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (COP21), and chaired the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), 2015-2016.