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Credit: Department of Information and Communications Technology

Credit: Department of Information and Communications Technology

Philippines’ DICT holds training on effective use of ICT in disaster management

An announcement made by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) highlighted the 3-day training they are conducting in order to promote the utilisation of ICT in the event of natural disasters and emergencies.

The Philippines is prone to being heavily affected by natural disasters such as earthquakes, typhoons, torrential rains among others. Because of this, the DICT recognises the need to promote the utilisation of ICT in the events of disaster.

A 3-day training on the effective use of ICT in exchanging and disseminating information will be hosted by the DICT at the Cocoon Boutique Hotel, Diliman, Quezon City from 5 to 7 June 2018. This is part of the nation’s initiative on disaster management.

The said even is a localised counterpart of regional trainings conducted and hosted by the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT).

The APT is a key organisation of governments that spearheads development and innovation programs, in cooperation with the ICT industry key players and stakeholders.

At the end of the training, the participants are expected to understand the conceptual information and theoretical principles of Effective Information Exchange using ICT in Disaster Management, identify effective Telecommunication & ICT Solutions for Disaster Prevention, comprehend Early Warning Broadcast System (EWBS) Protocols, and recognize the Role of Broadcasters in the Event of Disasters.

The event is attended mainly by the members of the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), DICT and its attached agencies such as the National Privacy Commission (NPC), National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinating Centre (CICC). 

The Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), People’s Television Network (PTV 4), and other concerned national government agencies will be there as well.

The NDRRMC is an agency responsible for ensuring the protection and welfare of the people during disasters or emergencies.

The NPC ensures the compliance of the country with international standards set for data protection. It safeguards the rights of the people as data subjects while guaranteeing the free flow of information for innovation, growth and national development.

The NTC is responsible for the supervision, adjudication and control over all telecommunications services throughout the country.

The CICC is responsible for all powers and functions related to cybersecurity, including, but not limited to, the formulation of the National Cybersecurity Plan, establishment of the National Computer Emergency Response team (CERT), and the facilitation of international cooperation on intelligence regarding cybersecurity matters.

The Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) is a non-government, non-profit organisation of the broadcast media in the Philippines. Its aims for the promotion of an independent and free broadcast media, responsible broadcasting, enhanced public service by broadcasters, advancement of innovation in broadcasting, and the development of Philippine broadcasting.

The PCOO is the lead communication arm of the government of the Philippines and a vehicle of understanding for a well-informed and enlightened citizenry.

PTV4 is a is the flagship government television network under the supervision of the President Communications Operations Office (PCOO).

Japan Telecommunications Engineering and Consulting Service (JTEC) Senior Director Mr Masato Tamura and JTEC Director Mr Masakazu Naitu are among the speakers during the event. Japan Radio Co., Ltd. (JRC) Manager Mr Seiji Ida and NHK International, Inc. Senior Producer Mr Haruo Saito are also invited to speak during the event.

JTEC is a non-profit organisation established in 1978 committed to promote international cooperation activities on ICT. It dispatches missions to countries and carries out advanced survey for construction of telecommunications facilities.

JRC contributes to the safety and security of people around the world by leveraging its three business units: Marine Systems, Communications and Solutions.

NHK International, Inc. engages in producing foreign-language version programs for Japanese and international broadcasters.

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