DICT’s Mobile Emergency Telecommunications Unit Dispatched to Typhoon-Hit Abra
On July 28, 2023, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) deployed its mobile emergency telecommunications unit, known as the Government Emergency Communications System – Mobile Operations Vehicle for Emergencies (GECS-MOVE), along with seven members of the Government Emergency Telecommunications Team (GETT) to Bangued, Abra to ensure uninterrupted emergency communication channels in the areas severely affected by Typhoon “Egay.”
The GECS-MOVE is a state-of-the-art mobile emergency telecommunications unit designed for immediate deployment to disaster zones, providing vital communications support to responders. It consists of a hub housed in a custom heavy-duty truck with an integrated communications system, along with a dispatch vehicle, off-road motorcycle, and heavy-duty drones to extend connectivity reach. Additionally, the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Division (DRRMD) was directed to coordinate with DICT’s Regional Offices (RO) in Region 1, Region 2, and Cordillera Administrative Region to assist in deploying additional ICT equipment to the affected areas.
Acknowledging the critical role of connectivity during emergencies and disasters, Secretary Ivan John Uy reassured the public that DICT would exert all efforts to collaborate with government and private sector partners to maintain emergency communications in the typhoon-hit provinces. The GECS-MOVE will benefit Bangued’s 50,382 residents, with its deployment duration depending on the restoration of commercial power to stabilize cell site connectivity in the affected areas.
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