LEGAZPI CITY — Albay province and Smart Communications, Inc.(Smart) on Wednesday agreed to work out a high-tech disaster and emergency mobile application to be used by the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO)in its disaster response management.The partnership between Albay and Smart was highlighted during the two-day Disaster Response Seminar sponsored by GSMA Disaster Response and Smart Communications, Inc. at Oriental Hotel yesterday.
Ramon Isberto, head of the Smart Public Affairs Group, in an interview said the emergency mobile application dubbed as “Tudlo” (Visayan word meaning to teach,guide,point) is a multi- purpose communication platform for disaster and emergencies.
Tudlo would raise the disaster response practice to a high level through the use of smart phones where a local government unit like Albay can immediately access disaster warnings, advisories, location data, and disaster mappings.
The mobile app would report incidence of earthquakes, flooding, landslides, fire, accidents pandemics, tourism, travel, and location data.
Dr. Cedric Daep, APSEMO chief, said “communication before, during, and after disaster and emergency situations is very important. This is especially so for warning and evacuation. We’re looking forward to using Tudlo to complement our disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation tools.”