The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) formally opened on Thursday, Aug. 4, its Virtual Operations Center (VOC) to enhance its disaster management and response capabilities.
?Through this online facility, the DSWD is making available to the general public its disaster preparedness and response advocacies,? DSWD undersecretary Vilma Cabrera said in a press briefing.
Users may view and download information sourced from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and other partner agencies, including the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
Through the website, affected families can verify if they are exposed to hazards based on the information provided by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and DSWD Listahanan database.
Data sets of evacuation centers and situational reports, status of relief resources, and standby funds available for disaster response can also be seen and updated in the microsite. Predictive analytics and maps for situational awareness and visualization can also be viewed from the same site. — PNA