The Philippines: New disaster operations centre launched

Satellite image of typhoon hitting the Philippines
Satellite image of super typhoon Jelawat right before it hit the Philippine coast in 2012
Credits: NASA

The Information and Communications Technology Office of the Philippine Department of Science and Technology (DOST), together with the technology provider IBM launched the Intelligent Operations Centre (IOC) near Quezon City. The new facility is equipped with technology that will allow the Government to monitor and forecast weather, and thus be better prepared for disasters.

DOST Secretary Mario Montejo hopes the new technology will help its country to solve disaster management challenges. The Centre will enhance awareness and information sharing. During emergencies the IOC will analyze real-time data from social media and GPS systems.