Pagasa, Phivolcs benefit from IBM pro bono consultancy?

Thursday, December 28, 2017 11:52 PM    Views : 667by:Rainier Allan Ronda (The Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) were beneficiaries of a monthlong pro bono technical consultancy of the Corporate Service Corps (CSC) volunteer program of technology giant IBM.

For its 18th annual deployment of CSC in the country, IBM sent 17 of its most talented employees from the US, Mexico, Japan, India, Italy, Canada, Australia, Brazil and Germany, who teamed up with three US Peace Corps response volunteers to spend one month working with Phivolcs and PAGASA. 

During their stint, the team made short and long-term recommendations in support of key initiatives at the two agencies under the Department of Science and Technology tasked with disaster management-related missions.

For the Seismological Observation and Earthquake Prediction Division of Phivolcs, work was put in to develop an information system that automatically generates earthquake and tsunami bulletins and messages for quick posting on the agency's website, social media platforms and sent via text message and fax. 

Another team gave recommendations on the Data Management and Integration project of the Geology and Geophysical Research and Development Division of Phivolcs, to improve its data management through the development of a system, architecture or dashboard.

These two projects are designed to allow the agency to provide timely and accurate response to their clients and stakeholders, as well as impact their risk assessment, disaster preparedness planning and decision-making processes.

For PAGASA, a third IBM team helped develop a strategic communications plan to assist the agency in identifying effective approaches on how it could utilize information and communications technology, particularly social media and other platforms, in providing weather information and advisories to the public. 

A fourth team helped enhance PAGASA's IT security capacity through a vulnerability assessment and gap identification in the agency's systems and network infrastructure.        


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