Vice Admiral Alexander Patino Pama is a retired Vice Admiral of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and served as the 32nd Flag Officer-in-Command, Philippine Navy (Navy Chief) prior to his retirement from the Navy in December 2012.
He is currently the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of ARISE Philippines, a Consultant to the National Resilience Council as well as a Member of the Board of the Oscar M. Lopez Center. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Asian Institute of Management’s Executive Master in Disaster and Crisis Management and a Lecturer at the Ateneo de Manila University’s Master in Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience. Formerly, he was the Executive Director, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and concurrently the Administrator of the Office of Civil Defense, Department of National Defense wherein his mandate was to integrate, supervise, coordinate, and harmonize government and multi-sectoral efforts in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and Resilience.
He initiated and institutionalized the Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment-Action Programs and Protocols (PDRA-APP), a system and a process that has improved the country’s approach to DRR and has significantly reduced casualties and damages from disasters. He was also the pioneering Executive Director of the Secretariat of the National Coast Watch Council at the Office of the Executive Secretary, Office of the President of the Philippines. As Executive Director, he was instrumental in the initial organizing and building up the Council and the National Coast Watch Center.