UNDP donates emergency response vehicles
Mario Cuñado, Regional Director of DICT CARAGA, Alan Silor, Undersecretary of DICT, Edwine Carrie, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in the Philippines, and Ing., Deputy Regional Director of DICT CARAGA. Leo Ugto at the handover ceremony of the three vans that will be used for emergency response.
To support the deployment of emergency telecommunications services in vulnerable and typhoon-hit areas, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in the Philippines has completed the delivery of an initial set of four vans, 20 telephones satellites with preloaded SIM cards, 10 VSAT equipment with hard case and uninterrupted power supply (UPS) and an emergency cellular transceiver base station at the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).
This is in line with DICT’s mandate to provide rapid response to disasters and assist in the dissemination of vital information as part of its frontline role as the lead agency in the telecommunications cluster of emergency (ETC). Backup communication systems and platforms are essential for emergency response because connectivity is often one of the first services impacted by extreme weather conditions.
Satellite phones were delivered at the height of the deployment during the response to Typhoon Odette in January, then VSAT equipment was provided in February. In a recent ceremony at the DICT CARAGA regional office in Butuan City, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in the Philippines, Edwine Carrie personally handed over the three vans to the Resilient Government’s DICT Undersecretary for Emergency Communications, Alan Silor.
A fourth van was also delivered to the DICT CARAGA regional office after the ceremony. These four vehicles will be deployed by DICT in communities vulnerable to disasters to support mobility and coordination during pre-disaster events and in times of crisis.
“This cooperative engagement with UNDP will enable DICT to expand its reach in the hardest hit areas by providing critical emergency communications equipment and support services,” Under Secretary Alan Silor said during the ceremony in Butuan. In turn, Edwine Carrie stressed that the “contributions will not only support the DICT, but will also help support local governments as they move forward with recovery planning, restoration of critical services and infrastructure and strengthening interventions resilience – with the ultimate goal of improving equal access to sustainable basic services by the population and leaving no one behind.
“In addition to this, essential emergency communication and ICT equipment and services, such as additional VSAT equipment with hard case and inverter, generator sets, dual-band two-way mobile base radios and rugged portable tablets, will be also delivered and pre-deployed to strategic areas. UNDP used its emergency funds to procure the said items – a testament to its commitment to supporting DICT and the Government of the Philippines in post-disaster response and recovery work. onslaught of typhoons.
This initiative also aims to support preparedness and building resilience against other disasters that may occur in the future.
Handed-over vehicles and emergency communications equipment will be deployed to several high-impact areas such as Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) and local government unit headquarters to facilitate coordination, response and even recovery. during disaster operations.
Part of the inventory will be pre-positioned to support Critical Areas of Concern, with locations covering the provinces most affected by Typhoon Odette such as Bohol, Cebu, Southern Leyte and Surigao del Norte.