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1st Phl tech camp on disaster risk reduction starts tomorrow

MANILA, Philippines - The US embassy, US Agency for International Development, and Globe Telecom are joining hands for the holding of the 1st Philippine Tech Camp on disaster risk reduction and resilience building set tomorrow and Thursday at the Globe Valero Telepark in Makati City.

The event will tap integrated robust science and technology solutions that will help Filipinos prepare for the calamities. It is supported by Globe Labs, GDG Philippines, and Open Data Philippines.

 The camp is expected to help address the growing frequency and magnitude of extreme environmental events worldwide such as the Super Typhoon Yolanda and the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck the country last year, Typhoon Phailin in India, and the hurricanes Manuel and Ingrid in Mexico, among others.

 Dan Miller, chief of the office of economic development and governance at USAID/Philippines said the program would open up new possibilities for tech solutions in building climate resilient communities in the country and real-time dialogue between technologists and members of disaster-prone communities from around the country.

Yoly Crisanto of Globe corporate communications said Globe has a continuity program aimed to limit the impact of any disruption in its operations, prioritize the safety of its people and ensure delivery of products and services even during disaster.

“Being an active participant in disaster risk management in the country, Globe is thankful to be part of this Tech Camp. We are confident that by sharing our core strength in information and communications technology, we can help make the event more meaningful and responsive to the needs of the people,” Crisanto said.

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