Wednesday, February 1, 2017

DSWD- Bicol to operate post-disaster communication equipment
By Samuel M. Toledo

LEGAZPI CITY, Feb. 1 (PNA)-- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office in Bicol will pioneer the operations of post-disaster equipment from the United Kingdom (UK) Space Agency in April as a response to its need for communication facilities during disasters.

DSWD-Bicol Director Arnel Garcia, whose office is the deputy head of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council Response Cluster, said Inmarsat, a British-based satellite company, will donate five units of satellite receivers (dishes) to be installed at DSWD’s main office in Legazpi City and its provincial offices across the region.

“This satellite-aided communication system will help our region (Bicol) a lot in our need for communication facilities whenever strong typhoons are toppling down our landlines and cell sites,” Garcia said.

He said DSWD has been experiencing difficulties responding to the immediate needs of affected communities due to lack of functioning communication facilities after disasters.

Once set up, the satellite-backed up communication system will provide a reliable and stable mobile and data connection within the first 24 hours after disasters. (PNA) FPV/GVR/SMT/CBD