The Office of Civil Defense will inaugurate the alternate Government Command and Control Center (GCCC) in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija, tomorrow, April 29, 2022, a facility that will serve as a backup hub to ensure continuity of emergency operations in the event of disasters or any incidents that may compromise the functionality of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (NDRRM) Operations Center in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

The facility in Fort Magsaysay is one of the three alternate GCCCs established by the national government pursuant to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s directive on December 5, 2017, ordering the construction of alternate GCCCs in areas identified by OCD.

President Duterte made this directive following the NDRRMC's proposal to establish an alternate GCCC in the three major islands of the country, during the twentieth cabinet meeting in 2017.

This brainchild of the NDRRMC is part of the extensive preparations being made for disasters mainly for the magnitude 7.2 earthquake or "The Big One."

The GCCCs, located in Nueva Ecija, Cebu, and Butuan, will operate similarly to the NDRRM Operations Center and will use satellite communications with real-time video, voice, and data transmission. ICT equipment including video wall system, projector and network attached storage, high-frequency based radio are installed in those facilities.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) under its FY 2019 General Appropriations Act funded the GCCC construction in Visayas and Mindanao while the Department of National Defense under its Quick Response Fund, funded the facility in Luzon.

OCD was tasked to monitor the project development.