Bohol Gov. Edgar Chatto expressed his thanks to the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) on Friday for the donation of the of Long Term Evolution (LTE) pocket wifi units and prepaid load for data to be used by the local first response emergency group.
With the donation, the disaster response in Bohol improved with the donation of the wireless internet gadgets to the provincial government.
Chatto and Acting Provincial Administrator Mitchel John Boiser received the donation from PLDT on Thursday afternoon.
The wi-fi units and the pre-paid load cards will be used by rescue units during emergency situations in areas in the province without internet connection.
PLDT donated three units of prepaid pocket wifi and prepaid data load worth P3,000.
The units and the load will be used by the Telephone and Radio System Integrated Emergency Response (TaRSIER 117) 117, the operations arm of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRMMO).
PDRMMO chief Anthony Damalerio said the portable or pocket wi-fi units will be used in case of an emergency or disaster situation where there is a need to relocate the Emergency Operations Center.
He cited as an example the Inabanga incursion of the Abu Sayyaf Group, typhoon Seniang flooding in Loboc, ASEAN meetings and related events or incidents, as the events where the wi-fi units may be used.
With the new internet connectivity units the communications capability of TaRSIER 117 improves tremendously.
The TaRSIER 117 is the province’s answer to emergency situations, operating similar to the famous Rescue 911 in the United States.
The main headquarters is located in the capital Tagbilaran with stations in Ubay town, Carmen town and Jagna town.
KEY PLAYER IN THE SUPPORT OF SPORTING EVENTS
TaRSIER will be an instrumental part of the PDRMMO’s preparation for the upcoming Central Visayas Athletic Association (CVRAA) sporting meet on the last week of February to ensure the safety and to respond to emergency situations during the conduct of the games.
Damalerio was directed by Chatto to activate the Provincial Incident Management Team (PIMT) under the concept of Incident Command System (ICS).
ICS is a systems tool used to enhance disaster response by ensuring the protection of the responders and the victims, the achievement of tactical objectives, and the efficient use of resources.
The PIMT composition, per the governor’s memo to Damalerio, should also include key PDRRM Council member-agencies and from the Tagbilaran City DRRM Office.
During the meeting on January 30, health and safety concerns for the expected 13,000-15,000 participants and guests from the 19 school divisions in Region 7 are primarily tackled, including the water supply and medical response needs, should there be a need.
In attendance were PSSUPT Angeles Geñorga of Bohol PPO, FSUPT Sheila Andrade of Bureau of Fire Protection, CPT Jojo Mascariñas of 302nd IB, PGSO head Dr. Glen Doloritos, Dr. Greg Sodusta of PHO, Bong Regner of DOH Bohol, Dr. Rolando Po of GCGMH, SPO2 Celso Orapaof Tagbilaran City Police Station, Jun Erano and Von Angalot of City DRRMO, Queenie Melody Fullante of Dauis representing the Bohol Association of Local DRRM Officers, Kim Galacio and Redem Cag-ong of DILG Bohol, Dr. Marcelo Palispis of DepEd Tagbilaran City Division, Cirilo Calatrava and Desiderio Deligero of DepEd Bohol Division and key personnel from PDRRMO and TaRSIER 117.
PAYING TRIBUTE TO FORMER SAN FRANCISCO MAYOR
Meanwhile, Chatto paid tribute to the late mayor of San Francisco in California Edwin Mah Lee for his support and help extended to Bohol that paved the wayt for the creation of the TaRSIER 117.
In a Facebook post, Chatto said the late mayor helped in strengthening the TaRSIER 117 by sending trainors from San Francisco to Bohol. A team from TaRSIER 117 was likewise invited to visit San Francisco, California to learn more about emergency first response.
Back in 2014, TaRSIER 117 officials were invited to San Francisco (US) to participate in the Fleet Week Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response Training and Exercise.
Before the members of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, the three Filipinos from Bohol shared how they were able to save the lives of many kababayans during the 2013 earthquake and supertyphoon Yolanda even with limited equipment and manpower. (DSA)