Following the conduct of the three-day training on the use of ICT in disaster management from 05 to 07 June 2018, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) validates the critical role of effective exchange of information in fostering a culture of resilience in the events of disaster.

Around 70 representatives from various national agencies, technical communities, and civil society organizations were trained about legal framework, data exchange practices, and emergency broadcasting, among others pertinent to the holistic approach to disaster management.

The said training is the response accorded to the DICT by the Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT) through the Japan Telecommunications Engineering and Consulting Service (JTEC), an organization committed to advancing the state of telecommunications and introducing innovative practices in the region.

The Philippines, being situated in the Pacific Ring of Fire and the Typhoon Belt, is exposed to geographical vulnerabilities such as earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic activities, similar to those of Japan. As disaster management steadily gains traction over the recent years, ICT also finds its way towards streamlining processes as an enabling tool for the realization of effective information exchange.

JTEC Senior Director Mr. Masato Tamura said that “… cooperation among agencies is crucial to success, and DICT does it right by involving the whole of government.”  With that said, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) is currently coordinating with the DICT in developing an Emergency Warning Broadcast System (EWBS) Protocol.

The EWBS aims to disseminate information through digital and analog broadcast, cable, satellite television and radio, as well as wireless and landline communications. With it, the DICT highlights the significance of the smooth migration to Digital TV, as well as fiber-optic connectivity networks, as critical infrastructures in disaster risk management.

“DICT will continue to work with APT to make capacity building opportunities closer to our stakeholders,” said DICT Assistant Secretary Alan A. Silor.

The said training was also in accordance with the current theme of the National ICT Month 2018, “Thrive Through Disruption: Inclusivity, Empowerment, Sustainability.”