Cebu to host int’l ICT con­fab

The Freeman - - NEWS -

An in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence on in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies for dis­as­ter pre­pared­ness and re­sponse op­er­a­tions is set in Cebu next week.

The first In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­o­gyDisas­ter Re­sponse Con­fer­ence (ICT-DRC) will be held at the Water­front Cebu City Ho­tel and Casino on Septem­ber 20 and 21.

The two-day con­fer­ence aims to raise aware­ness on how to re­duce the ef­fects of dis­as­ters through ICT so­lu­tions.

“ICT So­lu­tions can save lives dur­ing dis­as­ters,” said Jef­frey Llanto, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Cen­tral Visayas In­for­ma­tion Shar­ing Net­work (CVISNET) Foun­da­tion Inc., dur­ing the 888 News Fo­rum at Marco Polo Plaza last Tues­day.

The event is be­ing or­ga­nized by the CVISNET Foun­da­tion, Inc. and Nip­pon Tele­graph and Tele­phone (NTT) Cor­po­ra­tion of Ja­pan, in co­op­er­a­tion with the De­part­ment of Science and Tech­nol­ogy, De­part­ment of In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­ogy, Na­tional Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Author­ity, Of­fice of Civil De­fense, Philip­pine In­for­ma­tion Agency, the Prov­ince of Cebu, and Ja­panese in­sti­tu­tions To­hoku Uni­ver­sity, Ja­pan and the Uni­ver­sity of Aizu, Ja­pan.

Among the high­lights of the con­fer­ence are the work­shop and the tech­ni­cal pre­sen­ta­tions and demon­stra­tions from resource speak­ers from Ja­pan, Aus­tralia, Sin­ga­pore, Thai­land, USA, and the lo­cal prime movers from the Philip­pines.

DOST Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Cli­mate Change Adap­ta­tion Un­der­sec­re­tary, Dr. Re­nato Solidum Jr., will tackle about the im­por­tance of the Philip­pine Haz­ard Pro­gram (Dis­as­ter Preven­tion and Mit­i­ga­tion).

Pro­fes­sor Nei kato, Di­rec­tor of Re­search Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Elec­tri­cal Com­mit­tee (ROEC) of To­hoku, Ja­pan will share the Ad­vanced Ad Hoc and Mesh Net­works Tech­nolo­gies to Fa­cil­i­tate Spe­cial­ized Dis­as­ter-re­silient Net­works.

Other speak­ers will talk about avail­able ICT so­lu­tions, ap­pli­ca­tions and pro­grams, best prac­tices in dis­as­ter re­silience and fu­ture mit­i­ga­tion trends.

The ex­pected spec­ta­tors are from the lo­cal gov­ern­ment units, na­tional agen­cies, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, state and pri­vate uni­ver­si­ties, non-gov­ern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions and the pri­vate sec­tor, which will be com­prised of the Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment (DRRM) of­fi­cers, emer­gency re­spon­ders and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from cor­po­ra­tions, prop­erty de­vel­op­ers and the academe.—

Gregg M. Ru­bio/KBQ

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