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PGA, Smart Launch Mobile App for Disaster Management

The Provincial Government of Albay (PGA), through the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO), in partnership with telecom giant Smart Communications, Inc. launched today, May 9, 2014, a mobile application designed to be used effectively as a communication and information dissemination tool on disaster management and risk reduction at the Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Management Training Institute in Legazpi City.
The mobile app, named PINDOT, short for Provincial Information Network on Disaster Occurrences and Threats, is a pro-active, comprehensive and rational disaster management mobile and web application which the APSEMO adopted for easier and faster information dissemination tool to mitigate the disastrous effects of natural and man-made calamities with the help of new mobile technologies.
This mobile app can be used to give government agencies, organizations and individuals, immediate access to disaster warnings, advisories, location data and disaster mappings. Equipped with a user-friendly interface, it features easy to follow step-by-step instructions that can guide users to safety during disasters, plus, the application also allows users to contribute pertinent information to emergency assistance agencies easier and faster.



Harnessing mobile technologies for disaster management

Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) and the Province of Albay recently launched the PINDOT mobile application and the Pagasa-Bicol Region Infoboard in Legazpi City to strengthen the local government’s disaster management efforts in a region considered to be among the most vulnerable to natural disasters.
Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) and the Province of Albay recently launched the PINDOT mobile application and the Pagasa-Bicol Region Infoboard in Legazpi City to strengthen the local government’s disaster management efforts in a region considered to be among the most vulnerable to natural disasters.
PINDOT, short for Provincial Information Network on Disaster Occurrences and Threats, is a pro-active, comprehensive and rational disaster management mobile and web application adopted by the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO) as a communication tool to help reduce and mitigate the disastrous effects of natural and man-made calamities. It was developed by Cebu-based tech startup, Tudlo Innovation Solutions, Inc.


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TUDLO POINTS WAY FOR TECH RESPONSE TO DISASTERS

Albay Province announced last Friday its next step in disaster preparedness by unveiling an app called Pindot, which stands for Provincial Information Network on Disaster Occurrences and Threats.
Pindot is available as a mobile phone application for Android and iOS devices. It offers government agencies, organizations and Albay residents access to disaster warnings, alerts and disaster mapping.
The app also provides a safety guide, written in Bicolano, to inform people how to prepare for disasters.
The app was deployed as part of Albay’s partnership with Smart Communications, Inc.
Pindot app
Pindot is a customized version of the Tudlo app by a team of Cebuano developers led by Vince Loremia. Tudlo is a Visayan word for “point” and “teach” and Loremia said the app teaches people how to prepare for disasters and points them to safer places during a calamity.
Loremia and his team first developed the app during a hackathon organized by the Smart Developer Network in September 2012.
Albay is the first local government unit to implement the system. The province’s disaster preparedness program, implemented by the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (Apsemo), is considered a model for local government units in the rest of the country.



3 IdeaSpace startups participate in Global Entrepreneurship events

Three early-stage startups backed and incubated by IdeaSpace Foundation, Inc. (IdeaSpace), one of the largest privately backed incubator in the Philippines, recently participated in two global entrepreneur events seeking to recognize the best startup ideas from all over the world.
Two IdeaSpaceincubatees, namely WEGENTECHTECH, Inc. and Tudlo, recently participated in IBM SmartCamp ASEAN 2013. IBM SmartCamps are held around the world as part of IBM’s Global Entrepreneur Program, an initiative that provides startups with coaching, mentorship and connections to venture capitalists, clients and partners. WEGENTECH made it to the Top 6 of the competition, while Tudlo made it to the Top 9 of the startup tilt.
IBM SmartCamps are designed to identify and support early stage startups bringing new cloud, mobile, analytics or big data solutions to market in fields such as healthcare, energy, environment, security and education. IdeaSpace President Earl Martin Valencia served as a mentor and coach at IBM SmartCamp ASEAN 2013.



OCD-NDRRMC, SMART launch Batingaw mobile app

The Office of Civil Defense-National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (OCD-NDRRMC) and Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) have jointly unveiled a mobile application for disaster risk reduction and management, called the Batingaw.
As a result of the increasing intensity and frequency of disasters happening around the world, the need for tools that will not only strengthen public awareness on the importance of disaster preparedness, but also facilitate a nationwide system for disaster response and management, is underscored.
Batingaw, a Tagalog word for “siren”, is a pro-active, comprehensive and rational disaster management mobile application adopted by the OCD and NDRRMC as a communication tool to help reduce and mitigate the disastrous effects of natural and human-made hazards to vulnerable communities with the help of mobile technologies.
The mobile app can be used to give government agencies, organizations and individuals, immediate access to disaster warnings, advisories, location data, and disaster mappings. It features step-by-step instructions that can guide users to safety during disasters. The app also enables users to contribute information to emergency agencies more easily and quickly.



Batingaw mobile app for a safer PH

The OCD-NDRRMC in partnership with Smart and tech startup Tudlo Innovation launched the mobile app, a handy resource and reporting tool for nationwide disaster management.
Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin (center) navigates the Batingaw mobile app with Undersecretary Alexander Pama, Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Administrator and National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) executive director (right) and Ramon R. Isberto, head for Public Affairs at Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) (left). The OCD-NDRRMC in partnership with Smart and tech startup Tudlo Innovation launched the mobile app, a handy resource and reporting tool for nationwide disaster management.A Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) was also signed by the parties to seal the public-private partnership in pushing for the resiliency agenda. The Batingaw mobile app is available for both Android and iOS devices, and can be downloaded free of charge.