Disaster readiness center launched

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Thursday launched its Virtual Operations Center (VOC) to step up measures and preparations against natural disasters.

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The VOC, through the use of popular information and communication technology, aims to provide free access to information to the public such as status of relief sources where the public could monitor the family food pack levels allotted to a certain place, downloadable information on evacuation centers, situation map, a situation overview of a certain disaster and affected areas and reporting tools for responders.

The public can also access predictive analytics and maps for situational awareness and visualization.

The DSWD, in cooperation with the Department of Science and Techno-logy, vowed to provide accurate and timely information.

“We want the public to have more access to government information and services that they can use to secure and promote their welfare and safety during disasters,” DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said.

She added that the system could be used by Filipinos to find means to prepare for calamities and help themselves immediately.

The public can also use social networking sites to seek help by using the official hashtags.

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