Gov pushes for long-term emergency communication system

The Kabalikat Civicom, a volunteer rescue group operating here in the province of Davao Oriental, paid a courtesy call to Gov. Nelson L. Dayanghirang on July 20 at the Provincial Capitol. During the call, Gov. Dayanghirang stressed the need of establishing a long-term and efficient emergency communication system here in the province that will further strengthen disaster preparedness and response.

The Kabalikat Civicom, a volunteer rescue group operating here in the province of Davao Oriental, paid a courtesy call to Gov. Nelson L. Dayanghirang on July 20 at the Provincial Capitol. During the call, Gov. Dayanghirang stressed the need of establishing a long-term and efficient emergency communication system here in the province that will further strengthen disaster preparedness and response.

DAVAO ORIENTAL – Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang is pushing for the establishment of a long-term and efficient emergency communication system that will further strengthen disaster preparedness and response here in the province.

During the courtesy call of the Kabalikat Civicom — a volunteer rescue group operating here in the province, Gov. Dayanghirang stressed the importance of having a good communication system before, during, and after a disaster or emergency. He said there is really a need to provide and maintain reliable communication especially in times of emergencies and disasters.

Gov. Dayanghirang said he wants to fast track the establishment of a communication system dubbed as Province-wide Communication Network to be facilitated by the Provincial Law Enforcement Communication System and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO).

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Operating under ‘Very High Frequency’, the said system uses a ‘repeater backbone’ communication system that consists of three radio repeaters as transmitter and a base radio in every municipality and one at the command station at the Provincial Captiol.

“Using the said system, communication at very long distances using merely hand-held radios would be possible without any problem,” said PLECS Operator Rene Leopardas.

While the province has been a long-time Gawad Kalasag Awardee for being one of the best disaster-prepared provinces in the region, Governor Dayanghirang emphasized the need for further strengthening Davao Oriental’s disaster management system, especially now that it is aggressively promoting its tourism sector.

Considering that the province remains prone to natural disaster, as evidenced by Super Typhoon Pablo and Low Pressure Area Agaton in 2012 and 2014, respectively, the governor said he wants Davao Oriental to become fully equipped with a province-wide communication network.

He said that the investments in equipment and facilities in disaster response and preparedness underpins efforts to strengthen the critical communication system. By KLD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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