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.

Launching and Turnover Ceremonies of the MDRU Project








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