by Erwin P. Nicavera
THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), through the Government Emergency Communications System (Gecs) project, is deploying Mobile Operations Vehicles for Emergency (Move) units in disaster hotspots across the country, including Negros Occidental.
DICT-Western Visayas, in its Facebook post, said the agency leads the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Cluster in the pursuit of establishing critical communications lifelines in times of disaster.
Through the Gecs, the DICT strengthens the government’s capacity in disaster preparedness and response.
“Sipalay City, one of the hardest-hit locality in Negros Occidental, can now avail our KonekTawag Services: free charging, free calls, and free chat and video calls using our Free Wi-Fi,” the agency said.
The DICT also deployed the Emergency Cellular Service, which is catering to the area of operations in the absence of commercial cellular service.
This is in partnership with the Sipalay City Government, Sipalay City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and Provincial Government of Negros Occidental, it added.