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Cebu Province MDRU Field Testing and Training
The Project and Beneficiary
Cebu Province MDRU Field Testing and Training assessed if the MDRU can used as a disaster management tool, an educational and health aid; to promote tele-education and tele-health services to islands normally with no means of communication and even electric power.
The selected beneficiary is the Municipal of Cordova and its Barangay Island of Gilutongan around 6.54 kilometers away from the main island across the sea. The remote site has limited electricity available only at night time powered by a generating set. There is no direct Internet connection to provide the residents and is dependent on the cell sites located at the mainland in Cordova.
MDRU Field Testing and Training
The MDRU field testing and training for Cordova and Gilutongan was conducted last October 23 to 25, 2018; with fifty participants from the municipality and barangay and emergency responders; including 10 from the educational and 5 from the health sectors. To prepare the participants for the activity a half-day technical training on the usage was conducted.
For Disaster Management Simulation, the participants experienced the MDRU to make Disaster Assessment and finding Missing Persons. Participants we asked to go to the Barangay Hall, Evacuation Center and Transportation area to access the conditions and report back to the Command and Control Center the current situation.
As a Tele-education tool, the teachers and students shared educational materials and test questionnaires posted online by the teachers. The students answered the examinations using the MDRU SMS function.
As a Tele-health tool, patients were remotely consulting a medical practitioner sitting on the other side of the MDRU system, exchanging diagnosis via video file sharing and using MDRU phone.
Evaluation from participants indicated 100% find it easy to use during a disaster and 94% during normal non-disaster times.
On the usefulness of operations, 94% find it useful during a disaster and 100% during normal non-disaster times.
CVISNET Presents MDRU Project and e-Resilience During UN-ESCAP 2018
Last August 27 to 31, 2018, Mr. Jeffrey Llanto, Executive Director of CVISNET Foundation, Inc. presented the importance of ‘e-Resilience’ during disasters and normal day to day situations, the Role of Information and Communications Technology for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and the 5I’s for e-Resilience Preparation in Asia-Pacific; during the United Nations - Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) Second Session of the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway (AP-IS) Steering Committee and World Summit on the Information Society Regional Review at the United Nations Conference Center, Bangkok, Thailand.
The Master Plan for the AP-IS was developed based on studies and analyses carried out by UN-ESCAP in the region through consultations with various stakeholders, including representatives of the private sector and discussions at a technical meeting organized in 2016. The Master Plan contains key strategic initiatives, targeted goals and a timeline in line with the four pillars of the Asia-Pacific information superhighway initiative: strengthening the regional broadband infrastructure; establishing regional Internet traffic and network management systems and policies; enhancing information and communications technology infrastructure resilience; and providing inclusive access to broadband Internet.
In addition, CVISNET also joined the Exhibition of the Committees on ICT, Science, Technology and Innovation; and Steering Committee on AP-IS. Presented was the generated awareness of the Movable & Deployable ICT Resource Unit (MDRU) Project implementated at San Remegio, Cebu, Philippines last 2015-2016 and the recent July 2018 Nepal MDRU Field Testing, Community Preparation and Technical Training at Kathmandu, Nepal, in collaboration with the ‘Educating Nepal’ Foundation and NTT.
CVISNET Conducts Nepal MDRU Field Testing, Community Preparation and Technical Training
Last July 10-12, 2018, CVISNET visited Kathmandu of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal to conduct the Nepal MDRU Field Testing, Community Preparation and Technical Training. The visit was in cooperation the Education Nepal Foundation of Nepal (EN) and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation of Japan (NTT).
During the 2015 Nepal earthquake, it left almost 9,000 people killed and tens of thousands injured. Although after two years, Nepal has greatly reconstructed and restored several vital services. Another disaster could bring down again these infrastructure, they realized immediate restoration is very important to allow vital relief and rescue services in place.
The cooperation of ED, NTT and CVISNET brought the best available technology to enable immediate restoration of vital communication and computer services to possible affected areas in Nepal. NTT provided the MDRU technology and hardware; and CVISNET shared MDRU technical training and the Philippine experience especially in the preparation of resilient communities.
EN also provided materials to show the use of the system in delivering day to day information, such as educational materials from a database to field users operating a smart phone connected to the MDRU.
The training workshop was conducted in the Polchowk campus of the Tribhuvan University of Nepal and attended by at least 49 participants from various community groups of Kathmandu, including the local government, the police and military; schools and various NGOs.
This was capped with a simulated scenario conducted to mimic a disaster event connecting the the various created community groupings sharing information to a command center.
The acceptance of the MDRU to the stakeholders and participants was very high and they want further involvement with the MDRU project.
MDRU Project Wins 2016
The MDRU Project in Cebu wins 2016 SEED Alliance Award during the 2016 Internet Governance Forum, in Guadalajara, Mexico, on 6-9 December, 2016.
SEED Alliance offers to assist project teams in developing innovative Internet solutions that address social and economic challenges. The SEED is a collaborative partnership between IP registry organisations in Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The alliance includes FIRE Africa (AFRINIC) for Africa, FRIDA Program (LACNIC) for Latin America, and ISIF Asia (APNIC) for Asia. The alliance has supported 116 projects in 57 economies in the global south to a tune of around US$ 2.2 million helping them to strengthen and promote the Information Society within these regions.
During the IGF 2016 awarding ceremony on December 6, the SEED Alliance recognized the eight innovative initiatives and practices that have contributed to the region’s social and economic development. The winners are:
• AgriNeTT by the University of West Indies (Trinidad and Tobago)
• Mexicoleaks (Mexico);
• Restoring Connectivity: Movable and Deployable Resource ICT Unit (MDRU) by CVISNET Foundation (The Philippines);
• Towards A Fairer Electoral System: 1 Person, 1 Vote, 1 Value by Tindak (Malaysia);
• All Girls Tech Camp by Give1ProjectGambia (The Gambia);
• DocmeUP (Ghana);
• Kids Comp Camp (Kenia) and
• Tobetsa and WiFi TV Extension Project (South Africa).
Personalities that attended the event included Vinton Cerf, popularly known as the Father of the Internet and also the Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. As well as Dr. Raúl Echeberría, Vice President Global Engagement - Internet Society, Paul Wilson, Director General - APNIC, Phet Sayo, Senior Programme Officer - IDRC, and Oscar Robles, CEO – LACNIC.
Representing the Philippines is the project Restoring Connectivity through the use of Movable and Deployable Resource ICT Unit (MDRU) by the Central Visayas Information Sharing Network Foundation Inc. (CVISNET). CVISNET Executive Director Jeffrey Llanto attended to present the project and receive the award.
CVISNET Participates in APEC 2015 SPSG: Workshop on ICT for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
During the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Group Meetings hosted by the Philippines, the 51st Meeting of Telecommunications and Information Working Group (TELWG) held its own group meetings last May 12 to 16, 2015 at Boracay, Aklan, Philippines.
The TELWG meetings included the Security and Prosperity Steering Group (SPSG) meeting which focused on the Workshop on ICT for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management.
CVISNET Executive Director Jeffrey Llanto was one of the highlighted resource speakers during the event. He presented the positive learnings gathered during the implementation of the foundation's project "Feasibility Study on Restoring Connectivity through the Use of Movable and Deployable ICT Resource Unit (The MDRU Project)".
It can be recalled, the MDRU project, is a joint cooperation project between the International Telecommunications Union of the United Nations (ITU), the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication of Japan(MIC) and Department of Science and Technology ICT Office of the Philippines(DOST-ICTO), with the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone of Japan (NTT) and CVISNET as the implementing partners of the project.
The MDRU project aims to provide ICT services such as Internet connectivity, phone services and Disaster Information system, which are immediate, sustainable and low cost to disaster prone areas of the Philippines.
Dir. Llanto discussed the project implementation; with the cooperation with the Municipality of San Remigio, Cebu, Philippines; during calamities, the MDRU can establish a command center for a local chief executive and provide communications and control within an affected area. Further, the MDRU can be used to extend communication to far locations and even establish a worldwide coverage by linking to satellite phone services. The MDRU can also be used to gather and collate information such as images, audio and video sources, provide list of victims, and control and monitoring of relief efforts and goods distribution.
Aside from calamities the MDRU can also be used during normal times, such as using it to provide the MDRU covered area and allow registered users to communicate with each other by using their smartphones via the VOIP service include in the installed equipment.
The Attache Case MDRU Model was showcased during the meeting. Several inquiries on the MDRU project and equipment were raised; OCD Executive Director Alexader Pama showed interest on the equipment.
Other presenters during the SPSG working group meetings were Atty. Rogelio Panao of UP-Philippines , Mr. Mariano Reyes of NOAH DOST-Philippines, Ms. Maricel Cruz of NEC-Philippines, Mr. Tomoharu Hayashi of MIC-Japan, Mr. Kevin Obecio of OCD-Philippines, Mr. Antonio Padre of ICTO-Philippines and Mr. Llanto of CVISNET. Mr. Chung Hai Sung was the convenor of the event and assisted by ICTO Deputy Director Nicolas Ojeda and Mr. George Tardio.
UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 Sendai, Japan Report
Members of the MDRU project from the Philippines and Japan attended the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan to discuss the MDRU and its applications to disaster situations and how the unit can be implemented to help developing countries in disaster management.
A small team from the Philippines partner to the project CVISNET attended the conference and gave a presentation on the MDRU at the Disaster Resilient ICT Symposium by Mr. Jeffrey Llanto Executive Director at CVISNET Foundation. His presentation discussed the findings of the MDRU and the benefits of the Unit in the Philippines and to other possible developing nations.
CVISNET Executive Director Jeffrey Llanto presents MDRU at the Disaster Resilient ICT Symposium.
The event was a great highlight of the project, as the teams were able to showcase the MDRU to government agencies and private firms around the world, on the importance of data telecommunication services, during and after a disaster situation to help mitigate risk.
The MDRU from the Philippines where also invited to visit the NICT (National Institute of Information, Communication and Technology). Showcasing key technologies that NICT is researching and developing to help with risk reduction across Japan with the MDRU project being one of the key project.
Dr. Hiromitsu Wakana explaining NICT initiative for realization of resilient wireless network for disaster.
NTT AT President & CEO Takashi Hanazawa (5th from left) with NTT executives
and The Philippine MDRU Team.
MDRU van viewed by CVISNet Executives
MDRU Team heading to UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction Sendai Japan 2015
The MDRU project will be displaying its technology at the UN world conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai Japan this coming March 15-17th . The conference is coinciding with the 4th anniversary of the Great East Japan earthquake that affected the country in 2011.
NTT and its partner CVISNET will be sending its teams to present the MDRU to key delegates from around the world. The teams will also present its current project in San Remigio, Philippines. Topics of discussion will include the learning experience from disasters and how the MDRU program has changed the way we use technology during disaster.
The program will be a great way to promote the MDRU around the world and the benefits that the program is already having in these two countries. Copies of the presentation will be available on the website upon completion of the conference.
You may download the presentation here.