The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is set to provide technical assistance to the Philippine Humanitarian Assistance Registry (PHAR) website to ensure the system’s availability and cybersecurity.

Launched on 24 August 2020, the PHAR website, www.phar.gov.ph, aims to provide government transparency through monitoring and tracking of local and foreign humanitarian assistance to the Philippine government. The PHAR is a joint initiative of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD), and the DICT.

The website provides a database containing information on humanitarian assistance received by the Philippines, the types of donation, and a list of beneficiaries who received the said donations.  

In addition, the website gives detailed information on preferred donations recommended by the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The procedures on how to donate are also found on the website.

The PHAR website was developed through the use of the DICT’s Portal Content Management System (Portal CMS).

“The show of goodwill by private and government agencies—local and international—to help the Philippines combat the adverse effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has been overwhelming. And the DFA has responded to this in the most commendable manner through the PHAR by ensuring availability and access to information on all local and foreign humanitarian assistance to the Philippine Government, including in-kind and financial donations and deployment of humanitarian workers,” DICT Assistant Secretary for Digital Philippines Emmanuel Rey Caintic said.

The development of the PHAR website is in response to President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s directive to ensure transparency and accountability in managing and allocating resources amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The DFA presented this to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) during its meeting on 17 August 2020.

The website is also intended to be used in tracking and monitoring of humanitarian assistance in future pandemics as well as civil and natural disasters.