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The Philippine Government and IBM launches disaster management operations centre

The Information and Communications Technology Office of the Philippine Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and IBM have launched the Intelligent Operations Centre (IOC), a new multi-million disaster management facility in Diliman, located at the centre of southern Quezon City.

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The Centre features technology that allows the Department to monitor and forecast weather so that it can be better prepared and respond quickly to disasters, said DOST Secretary Mario Montego (pictured).

He added that the agreement with IBM Philippines is a major step in leveraging planning technology and supercomputers to solve disaster management challenges.

According to IBM Philippines Chief Technology Officer Lope Doromal, the GIS-enabled IOC will improve situational awareness and information sharing among key stakeholders.

Other features of the IOC include real-time monitoring with a surveillance network, using social media feeds as an additional source of information and the use of global positioning system.

During emergencies, IOC consolidates and analyses data for better coordination between first responders and supporting agencies.

A unified communications system connects the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council with all stakeholders through multiple devices, including laptops, remote communication platforms and more.

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