The Department of Science and Technology together with international and local partners launched and formally turned over the Moveable and Deployable ICT Resource Unit (MDRU) to the town of San Remigio, Cebu, One of the municipalities ravaged by typhoon Yolanda. The donation of the MDRU to the Philippines happened through the efforts of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan (MIC) and the Central Visayas Information Sharing Network Foundation (CVISNet).
Research and development (R&D) on the Movable Deployable ICT Resource Unit started in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 with the support of MIC, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) and other Japanese ICT organizations. It is a unit that can be quickly deployed to restore communications in communities in the aftermath of a disaster. The unit is self-reliant running on its own power source and/or is able to harness other power sources such as power generators or local active power lines.
The MDRU donated by Japan comes in two configurations, the small version is the size of a .5m x .5m box that contains the necessary equipment and software necessary to provide basic voice and data communications within a small area for up to 500 concurrent users, while the attaché case version of the MDRU can do the same for a much smaller area. The MDRU can also act as a data center, it is built in with an Evacuee Management System, that allows relief workers, using no more that smartphones or tablets to track and tabulate those who have been displaced by a disaster.
According to Ioane Koroivuki Regional Director, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, International Telecommunication Union; “The ITU acknowledges that it is absolutely crucial that in times of emergencies that communications are restored in the shortest possible time, it also recognizes that having the right tools in place to enable this. The MDRU is one such tool that enables the establishment of an ICT network and emergency communications services in the fastest time possible”.
Secretary Mario G. Montejo of the DOST commented that the MDRU is a model on how the International public and private partnership and cooperation in ICT can work to mitigate the effects of disasters. Likewise, ICT can also spur development particularly in the countryside. Through e-government, e-health, environment data through programs such as project NOAH and readily available Internet connectivity being developed through the ICT Office, our citizens can have the information they need not only to help sustain themselves but also be ready in times of calamities.
DOST-ICT Office – The Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology is the Philippine Government’s lead agency on ICT related matters. Its primary thrusts are in the ICT Industry Development, eGovernment, ICT policy development, Internet for all and Cybersecurity.
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Present at the ceremonial launch and turnover of the Movable Deployable ICT Resource Unit to the town of San Remigio, Cebu are: (from left to right) Mr. Kiyoshi Mori, Director-General for International Affairs Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) of Japan; Dr. Atsushi Takahara, Executive Director Network Innovation Laboratories Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT); Ioane Koroivuki Regional Director, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, International Telecommunication Union (ITU); Secretary Mario G. Montejo of the DOST, Mayor Mariano R. Martinez of the Municipality of San Remigio; Engr. Roberto A. Cabarrubias, President of Central Visayas Information Sharing Network Foundation, Inc. (CVISNET); and Baltazar Tribunalo, head of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRM). Photos inset are the two versions of the MDRU.
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