By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has partnered with information and communications technology (ICT) experts for the establishment of a reliable communication line to maintain seamless connectivity in times of disasters.
“Communication is critical before, during, and after disasters. Establishing reliable lines of communication is very important in delivering aid and most importantly, in saving lives,” DSWD Acting Secretary Virginia Orogo said.
Orogo signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Regional Emergency Assistance Communications Team (REACT) Philippines, Inc., represented by national president Joey Valencia, and the Federation of Rapid Emergency Telecommunications Team (RETT) of the Philippines, Inc., represented by president Ornan Vicente.
REACT and RETT Phils. both have unique ICT capabilities that are vital during disasters, Orogo pointed out.
REACT is a civic organization aiding the government and the people in times of emergencies through efficient communications, while RETT Phils. is a consortium of groups across the country that are equipped with both human and ICT resources that address communications, electronics, and information needs of emergency operations centers or incident command posts in disaster areas.
The MOU establishes an understanding between DSWD and the two organizations to enable cooperation, coordination, and collaboration in ensuring resilient and reliable telecommunications that would aid in the delivery of timely humanitarian assistance during calamities.
Orogo expressed her gratitude to REACT and RETT Phils. for helping the Department strengthen its telecommunications capabilities.
“We thank our partners, RETT and REACT Phils. for helping us strengthen our telecommunications capabilities, enabling us to carry out a more effective disaster relief operation for our fellow citizens. I also thank other organizations and groups that have been instrumental in delivering much-needed aid to our kababayans. Let us continue to work hand in hand towards a more resilient Philippines,” she said.