2019 December 02 – Electronics engineering professionals flocked the technical exhibition of the Government Emergency Communications System – Mobile Operations Vehicle for Emergency (GECS-MOVE) in the International Electronics Conference and Exposition Philippines last 29 November 2019 in Quezon City.

A collaborative engagement of the Philippine Government and the United Nations – World Food Programme (UN-WFP), GECS-MOVE is composed of several sets of rapidly deployable communications system integrated into specially-engineered vehicles. Each set is composed of a fully customized six-wheeler communication truck, a 4×4 dispatch pick-up utility vehicle, and an off-road capable motorcycle. The MOVE is to provide situational awareness to disaster management actors to assist decision-makers in the delivery of government services during emergencies.

In the conference, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) showcased and discussed the role of the MOVE along with different communications technologies in disaster response, focusing on how these can augment the current emergency systems in the country. Various private sector initiatives and government projects highlighting the role of the electronics discipline in the digital transformation of people and communities were also discussed.

“Rapid deployment of emergency telecommunications in the aftermath of a disaster is crucial. Always be ready and prepared, because there is no right time for downtime,” said Alan A. Silor, DICT’s Assistant Secretary for Resilient Government Emergency Communications.

This 2020, the DICT has lined up various Information Caravans and Communications Exercises (ComEx) nationwide to be participated in and supported by local chapters of the Institute of Electronics Engineers of the Philippines (IECEP).