Undersecretary of National Defense Honorio S Azcueta signs the MoA with SMS GT President Anthony Christian S Angeles on the establishment of an Intelligent Operations Center (IOC) for the NDRRMC. This communications facility includes the following:
- Completely operational IOC building
- Completely operational and equipped Communications Vehicle
- Relevant management and technical training for all equipment and monitoring of provided network infrastructure to personnel
This IOC could integrate and house all various systems and types of communications in one central location and where information from the different regions and localities in the country could be received and processed. Furthermore, SMS GT shall solicit support from its own partners in the industry to complete the initiative without any cost from the Philippine government.
"We believe that establishing and maintaining an appropriate and dependable communication facility is no longer a privilege but rather a necessity," says Civil Defense Administrator and NDRRMC Executive Director Usec Eduardo D Del Rosario.
This collaboration has been pursued by Usec Del Rosario and OCD Operations Division OIC LtCol Edwin C Sadang GSC (SC) PA with the SMS GT in the aftermath of ST Yolanda. The experience has emphasized the need to improve our communication facilities and the importance of the spirit of brotherhood among the Filipinos and the whole world.