Following the devastation caused by typhoon Fengshen (local name Frank), typhoon Parma (local name Pepeng), and tropical storm Ketsana (local name Ondoy), the Office of the President issued Executive Order No. 838 to create the Special National Public Reconstruction Commission (Public Commission), mandated to spearhead effective reconstruction measures that address the needs of disaster-stricken communities.
The Public Commission then tapped the private sector to channel more support for its reconstruction programs. Thus, in 2009, leaders of some of the country's largest private corporations and non-government organizations (NGOs) established the Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation (PDRF). In the same year, the two entities drew a cooperation agreement, further solidifying the commitment of the private sector to the reconstruction programs of the Philippine government.
After successive large-scale disasters—the civil unrest in Zamboanga, the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Bohol and Cebu, and the world's strongest recorded super typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda)—in 2013, PDRF was reorganized and intensified as the umbrella organization of the private sector for disaster preparedness, relief, and recovery. Corresponding programs were created for post-disaster recovery in five key sectors: (a) shelter, (b) livelihood, (c) education, (d) environment, and (e) water, infrastructure, sanitation, and health.
Two years later, its name was formally changed to Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation, which captures the entire disaster risk reduction and management framework.