As part of the Department’s initiative to strengthen ICT services in the countryside, especially in time of natural disasters, the DICT CARAGA Regional Office’s Regional Government Emergency Telecommunications Team (RGETT) conducted the rehabilitation of the High-frequency (HF) radio in the DICT Surigao del Norte Provincial Office. The radio, which was damaged by Typhoon Odette, was repaired and installed on 1 September 2022. 

“Typhoon Odette was no ordinary storm. It was an eye-opener not only in the Caraga Region but for the whole nation. Therefore, this initiative was established to ensure ICT equipment in the DICT Provincial Offices is restored, recovered and ready for future disasters. This endeavor will not be possible without the brave men and empowered women of the Regional Office,” Mario P. Cuñado, Regional Director said.

HF radio is beneficial for countryside development as it is independent from fundamental infrastructure used by cellular technology, such as communications towers and internet technologies. Consequently, it is an ideal medium for emergency communications. HF radio is also being used in simulation exercises on disaster preparedness by the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) and the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC).

“ICT equipment is vital for emergency preparedness since it enables us to adequately support regional response capacity, provide operational telecommunication services in the province and assist in disseminating vital information essential to disaster risk reduction,” he added.

The RGETT initiated the rehabilitation of the emergency communications equipment to ensure that personnel, processes, and technology solutions are ready to deploy and provide communication services, as well as support regional response capacities to deliver coordination and operational telecommunication services in the province. As part of the planned activities, the RGETT will also install HF Radio in the Provincial Offices of DICT Surigao del Sur and the Province of Dinagat Islands.

As of writing, HF radios are installed in following locations in the CARAGA Region:

• DICT Regional Office in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte

• DICT Surigao del Norte Provincial Office in Surigao City, Surigao del Norte