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Thursday, July 28, 2016

OCD-9 spearheads ICT Bayanihan training in Zambo

By:Emmanuel D. Taghoy

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Office of the Civil Defense (OCD)-9 spearheaded recently a two-day Emergency Telecommunications Cluster Summit dubbed “ICT Bayanihan” at the Grand Astoria Hotel here.

It was attended by the regional and local disaster risk reduction and management council (DRRMC)-member agencies such as the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (DOST-PAGASA), National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Army (PA), Philippine Air Force, Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and Philippine Information Agency, among others.

Acting Regional Director Emilia Julhajan of OCD-9 said the activity aimed to establish and institutionalize a rapid emergency telecommunications team (RETT) in the region and strengthen each of the key players capacity in disaster preparedness and response particularly on the field of information, communications and technology (ICT).

She said “the activity looks into the elements that are necessary to achieve greater information sharing, tasks division, operational planning, creation of unified efforts and the institutionalization of the most important element of disaster management cycle, which is the ICT in the disaster management program.”

“Aside from showcasing your respective ability, it is an opportunity to link ourselves with each other through communication so that we be able to react effectively and efficiently in case of a disaster,” she added.

OCD Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad, who graced the second day of the event said “it is unique. It is not just a training but a training with commitment. It does not end here but continues as we faced disasters. I hope we will continue to work together for the benefit of the many.”

The RETT will be implemented through a conglomeration of the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) that will be regularly in contact with each other and promote convergence, unified actions and provide better working relationships.