(December 9, 2021)

As part of the Civil Defense Administrator’s (CDA) four-point agenda to strengthen the ICT for the DRRM services, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) through the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), led the PhilAWARE Project demonstration and handover ceremony Tuesday, December 10.

The PhilAWARE system is based on the DisasterAWARE platform, a reliable early warning and multi-hazard monitoring platform developed by the Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) to support disaster risk reduction and best practices throughout all phases of disaster management in the country.

“The successful development of the PhilAWARE system is just one of many milestone achievements we have this 2021”, said Usec. Ricardo Jalad of OCD in his message during the turnover ceremony.

“This new platform will not just enhance our hazard monitoring and early warning but will even help us in seamless information sharing between disaster managers and decision-makers,” he added.

During the ceremony, PDC Asia Program Advisor Victoria Leat gave an update on the outcomes and successes of the project from the deployment of the baseline to the data sharing agreement of partner agencies.

She emphasized that the aim of the project is to deploy a system that could further help the Philippines especially in sharing and accessing international, regional and national hazard information.

Chris Chiesa, the PDC Executive Director also expressed his appreciation to all the partners who worked hard on the project.

“I want to sincerely thank everybody for your hard work in making this [project] happen…all of it during an unprecedented pandemic that has touched each of us in so many ways,” said Executive Director Chiesa.

Meanwhile, OCD Operation Service (OS) through the Information and Communications Technology Division (ICTD) demonstrated the proper utilization of the project among target users.

Executive Director Lee Yam Ming of the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre), Research Associate Elton Evidente of MapaKalamidad, Executive Director Tyler Radford of Humanitarian OpenStreet Map (HOT), and Regional Advisor Joseph Curry of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) gave their messages of support during the program.

The activity was conducted online via Zoom and was participated by different DRR managers, agencies, departments, and organizations who have been identified as potential data providers of the platform including Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The project started last July 2019 wherein a series of TWG meetings, focus groups and technical discussions were facilitated and conducted by OCD through OS-ICTD as well as the demonstration which was concluded earlier.