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Smart equips DepEd with the “Batingaw”

Wireless leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has organized a short training program for the Department of Education (DepEd) on the use of the mobile phone as a tool for disaster preparedness in line with efforts to promote safety during extreme weather events and emergencies.
Personnel from the DepEd’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) joined the half-day training on how to use the Batingaw mobile application, which can be used as a tool to help reduce and mitigate the disastrous effects of natural and man-made hazards to vulnerable communities, including schools.
Batingaw, a Tagalog word for “siren”, is a pro-active, comprehensive and rational disaster management mobile application adopted by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) for their nationwide disaster management efforts. This was co-developed by Smart and tech start-up Tudlo Innovation Solutions, Inc.
“Batingaw makes any smartphone a valuable lifeline during emergencies and disasters. It provides basic information on how to help reduce one’s vulnerability during disasters,” added Isberto.



Batingaw app for disaster risk reduction and management

Quezon City (DWDD) – Want to monitor news reports and Philippine government agencies when disaster occurs? Want to turn your smartphone into your very own utility dervice?
Now you can with the “Batingaw” mobile app, an application for disaster risk reduction and management, now available for free download at Google Play and Apple App Store.
The Batingaw app was developed by Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) in cooperation with the Office of Civil Defense and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
“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,” Smart said in a statement.
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.


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Batingaw app for disaster risk reduction and management

QUEZON CITY, Sept. 12 (PIA) – Want to monitor news reports and Philippine government agencies when disaster occurs? Want to turn your smartphone into your very own utility dervice?
Now you can with the “Batingaw” mobile app, an application for disaster risk reduction and management, now available for free download at Google Play and Apple App Store.
The Batingaw app was developed by Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) in cooperation with the Office of Civil Defense and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
“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,” Smart said in a statement.
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.



Mobile app for disaster management launched

LEGAZPI CITY , Philippines – Smart Communications, Inc. and the Albay provincial government have launched Pindot, a mobile application that specializes on disaster management.
Albay’s geographical location makes the province vulnerable to all sorts of disasters, such as earthquakes, volcanic eruption, typhoons and flooding.
Short for Provincial Information Network on Disaster Occurrences and Threats, PINDOT is a pro-active, comprehensive and rational disaster management mobile and web application adopted by the Albay Public Safety and Management Office (APSEMO) as a communication tool to help reduce and mitigate the effects of natural and man-made calamities with the help of mobile technologies.
The mobile app can 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 enable users to contribute information to emergency agencies more easily and quickly.
PINDOT was developed by Cebu-based Tudlo Innovation Solutions, a technology start-up founded by Vince Loremia and his team, assisted by APSEMO.



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Ultimately, they were all powerless. “It’s a horrendous situation,” says Vince Loremia, his voice full of dejection. Just a few days earlier, the super-typhoon Haiyan had swept through the Philippines, leaving behind a trail of destruction, especially in the central provinces of Leyte, Samar and Cebu.
Tacloban has become a symbol of the catastrophe. The provincial capital, on the island of Leyte, was razed to the ground. Thousands were killed and millions left homeless. “This makes it even more important that we continue with our ‘Tudlo’ project, so we’ll be better prepared next time,” says Loremia. He sounds like a man who’s ready for the fight. And he certainly has to be: the Philippines are predestined for natural catastrophes, and are hit by dozens of powerful storms each year. Haiyan is among the four most powerful storms ever to have made landfall. The current Climate Risk Index, developed by the NGO Germanwatch , ranks the Philippines in 7th, in the company of Bangladesh, Burma and Vietnam, areas of South-East Asia that are constantly the focus of catastrophes.