Study identifies PH cities in need of disaster recovery

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[/caption] The report, titled ?B2BIZ: MS 2012 Innovative Industry Insights on Disaster Recovery?, covered 18 urban areas in the country that are being positioned as outsourcing destinations. The study named eight cities as vulnerable to climate-related disasters: Metro Manila, Dagupan, Naga, Angeles, Cavite, Sta. Rosa, Lipa, and Legazpi. However, it also classified three cities that are less probable to experience climate-related disasters: Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, and General Santos. ?Around half of these IT-BPO locations are also at least moderately exposed to geophysical disasters,? it said. ?Thus, there is all the more the need to be properly prepared for disasters and adequately assess the risks faced by organizations throughout the country.? Bayan said it conducted the survey to enlighten business organizations on the importance of having a disaster recovery plan to ensure better competitiveness and higher operating efficiency. The report is Bayan?s third commissioned study under its B2Biz series after ?Outsourcing and Offshoring? in 2007 and ?20 Challenges & 10 Strategies for the Pinoy Entrepreneurs? in 2010. The three studies were conducted by the Institute for Development and Econometric Analysis Inc. (IDEA), which used stratified random sampling. Chito Franco, VP of Bayan, said: ?We want to encourage business organizations to adopt a proactive stance and invest in data recovery infrastructure now, as investing after a disaster already struck would be more costly for them.? The study revealed there is a room for increased awareness for disaster recovery (DR) planning in the Philippines as 35.5 percent and 44 percent of firms has yet to develop business continuity (BC) and DR plans, respectively. The study also stressed that gaps in existing BC and DR plans have to be addressed since only 32.4 percent are ?very comfortable? in their adequacy of preparedness for disruptions. Dr. Raul V. Fabella, chairman of IDEA said, ?The Philippines is no stranger to a wide range of disaster events. Apart from loss of lives and property, disruptive events can result in significant direct and indirect financial losses for business organizations.? He added that the tendency to ?under invest? in protection measures and dealing with disasters. The study also pointed out the need for companies to transfer risks and management responsibility to managed services (MS) providers that can effectively plan and anticipate disasters. MS is the practice of transferring day-to-day related management responsibility to managed service providers as a strategic method for their improved and efficient operations. Subsequently, the study noted the important criteria in choosing the right managed services (MS) partner, such as understanding the vision of managed services, shared knowledge of the client organization, comprehensive service level agreements; and dependable management structure that ensures security and accountability. Bayan said as a telco offering managed services, it has proven its adherence to quality standards with its ISO 9001: 2008 accreditation. The rating is a globally accepted quality management standard, which represents all eight-quality management principles set by the International Standards Organization. ]]>

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