QUEZON CITY, Sept. 12 (PIA) – Want to monitor news reports and Philippine government agencies when disaster occurs? Want to turn your smartphone into your very own utility dervice?
Now you can with the “Batingaw” mobile app, an application for disaster risk reduction and management, now available for free download at Google Play and Apple App Store.
The Batingaw app was developed by Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) in cooperation with the Office of Civil Defense and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
“As a result of the increasing intensity and frequency of disasters happening around the world, the need for tools that will not only strengthen public awareness on the importance of disaster preparedness, but also facilitate a nationwide system for disaster response and management, is underscored,” Smart said in a statement.
Batingaw, a Tagalog word for “siren”, is a pro-active, comprehensive and rational disaster management mobile application adopted by the OCD and NDRRMC as a communication tool to help reduce and mitigate the disastrous effects of natural and human-made hazards to vulnerable communities with the help of mobile technologies.