The Department of Information and Communications Technology – Luzon Cluster 2 (DICT-LC2) is addressing the most urgent ICT needs of affected areas in Regions III & IV-A brought about by the destructive Typhoon “Ulysses.”

DICT-LC2 prioritizes the urgent restoration of its facilities and actively coordinates damages to service providers.

So far, the cluster provided High-Frequency Radio transceivers to its provincial offices in Baler, Aurora; Dau, Mabalacat, Pampanga; Tagaytay City; Lucena City, Quezon and Batangas City as back-up communications on the onset of the typhoon. VHF/UHF Radio transceivers are also activated in Quezon, Batangas, and Tagaytay Relay Station.

In addition, the cluster also provides emergency VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) Technology and 2 Satellite phones to the Municipality of Burdeos, Jomalig and Patnanungan, Quezon who experienced total communication block out.

These installations are meant to support government initiatives in aiding affected areas and in delivering free ICT services.

Director Reynaldo T. Sy, together with the Technical Operations Division and Provincial Offices of DICT-LC2, closely coordinates with OCD Region III and Region IV-A for updates and for possible requests of emergency telecommunications augmentation.

To this end, DICT-LC2 actively participates in emergency meetings, particularly with the Region III Pre-Disaster Assessment (PDRA), PDRRMO Quezon Virtual Emergency Operations Center, and Regional Virtual Emergency Operations Center.

Further, the cluster is regularly monitoring 941 Free Wi-Fi For All sites, 28 GovNet facilities, and 13 Quarantine facilities despite strong winds, intense rainfall, and partial power interruptions experienced by most provinces in the regions.

These efforts are being conducted in partnership with the Provincial and Municipal Local Government Units, Provincial Risk Reduction Management Office, Office of Civil Defense (OCaD) and other government agencies.