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Cebu Conducts Field Testing and Training on Resilient Locally Accessible Cloud System
The Municipality of Cordova following the October 2019 testing on the Movable and Deployable ICT Resource Unit (MDRU) had a follow-up activity using the latest Internet cloud technology.
With its technology partner the Advanced Telecommunication Research Institute, International of Kyoto, Japan (ATR) and CVISNET Foundation Inc.; Mayor Mary Therese S. Cho, Japan visiting guest Toshikazu Sakano of ATR and CVISNET field tested the Locally Accessible Cloud System (LACS) simulating disaster and non-disaster scenarios.
The LACS was accessed for possible uses during disaster, including disaster assessment and reporting, locating and identification of missing persons, possible business continuance using ICT. LACS was also accessed for possible health and educational uses.
The activity was attended by 41 participants; composed of students from the Cordova Public College, community leaders and residents of Barangay Poblacion and staff representatives of the municipal office. To simplify the event, the participants was divided; day 1 for the students and day 2 for the community residents.
A half day technical training was conducted by ATR Toshikazu Sakano to brief the participants on the LACS equipment.
For Disaster Management Simulation, the participants experienced the LACS to make Disaster Assessment and finding Missing Persons. An public message was broadcasted informing the participants / emergency responsers of a particular activity, in this was to identify a location and take pictures. This will be relayed to the Command and Control Center to advise the Mayor of the situation.
Later in the afternoon, while the food for the participants was given, the distribution process was recorded with a Point of Sale System installed in LACS.
The students experienced using LACS for schools. An educational material was previously uploaded to the LACS server. The students were asked to download the material and make a report which was uploaded to the bulletin board.
The community residents experienced using LACS for health. A sick person was interviewed by the Municipal Representative remotely and gave advise on what to do.
As a result, all the participants found that LACS is a very important tool during disaster and it can also be used during normal e.g. for health and education uses.
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).
The cooperation of EN, 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.
ICT Disaster Response Conference 2017
To raise awareness in reducing the effects of disasters through a showcase of different ICT solutions that serves to improve communications, resilience and disaster response, we are pleased to announce the very FIRST Information and Communication Technology Disaster Response Conference (ICT DRC) in Cebu City.
The event will be on September 20 to 21, 2017 at The Waterfront Cebu City Hotel. Our participants will come from the government, academe, private companies and non-government organizations.
For more information please visit the conference website, http://www.ictdrconference.ph/
International speakers from Japan, Australia, Singapore and also our local prime movers from different government offices to talk about disaster preparedness and risk reduction, the available ICT solutions and applications, best practices, possible future trends and more.
This is organized by Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation of Japan (NTT) and Central Visayas Information Sharing Network (CVISNET) Foundation Inc. In partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and the Province of Cebu.
The MDRU Project Wins ISIF 2016 Awards
The MDRU Project wins 2016 Information Society Innovation Fund (ISIF Asia) for Community Impact.
The ISIF Asia is a program designed for communities in the Asia-Pacific reqion to implement Internet based solutions for the social and economic development.
In the aftermath of disaster, the anguish of not knowing the fate of loved ones, as communication lines are down, can be heart-wrenching. Thus, a deployable device that restores communications following a disaster is a welcome solution.
Such device, the Movable and Deployable Resource ICT Unit (MDRU) is Philippines entry to the 2016 SEED Alliance Award and one of the eight winning innovative initiatives given international recognition for its contribution to the region’s social and economic development.
SEED Alliance offers to assist developing innovative Internet solutions to address and challenges and is a collaborative partnership by IP registry organizations 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 around US$ 2.2 million helping them to strengthen and promote the Information Society.
The awarding was done during the Internet Governance Forum in Guadalajara, Mexico on December 6 to 9, 2016. The eight winners were: AgriNeTT by the University of West Indies (Trinidad and Tobago); Mexicoleaks (Mexico); Restoring Connectivity: 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).
The Philippine entry dubbed “Restoring Connectivity through the use of Movable and Deployable Resource ICT Unit” (MDRU) is a project by the Central Visayas Information Sharing Network Foundation Inc. (CVISNET). CVISNET is a non-governmental organization that undertakes and implements information and communications technology (ICT) solutions to government, non-government and the private sectors in the Philippines.
“It is an honor to represent the country and even more fulfilling that the project was recognized for its valuable contribution,” said Jeffrey Llanto, executive director of CVISNET who presented the project and received the award in Mexico.
Llanto said the MDRU can be quickly deployed to restore communications in communities following a disaster and within a reasonable short time to launch ICT services.
The system is capable of expanding by connecting to another MDRU and thereby creating an MDRU network. This extends the coverage as big as the number of units is connected, said LLanto. It supports communities to improve their disaster management, planning and preparedness.
San Remigio, a municipality in northern Cebu was the pilot area of the project with the municipal hall designated as the command and control center during disaster. Residents can use their smartphones to connect to the Wi-Fi network to communicate around the municipal hall and its surrounding areas, said Llanto.
The large number of the population using smartphones is leveraged to connect to as many residents as possible with minimal training.
San Remigio was chosen as the pilot site as it is constantly hit by typhoons and severe weather disturbances to test the MDRU equipment that can be replicated to other areas.
Llanto said one of the relevant results of the pilot testing is the use of the MDRU equipment during non-disaster period or normal times. It was noticed the MDRU can be used in isolated island communities where there is no voice and data infrastructure of which the output of this study is now called a “wireless IP PBX System”.
The project is an inter-regional and multi-stakeholder collaboration which started in Japan as an R&D effort by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication (MIC) and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) after the experience of the 2011 Great Japan Earthquake. Two years later in 2013, the Philippines was hit by super typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) that devastated much of the Central Philippines.
Llanto said to implement the project, CVISNET partnered with the NTT and the MDRU was set up with the collaboration of the MIC, the International Telecommunications Union of the United Nations (ITU) and the Department of Science and Technology of the Philippines (DOST).