NDRRMC chief: ‘Be a digital disaster risk reduction volunteer’


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NDRRMC chief: ‘Be a digital disaster risk reduction volunteer’
As Typhoon Chedeng threatens parts of Luzon, MovePH and partner agencies like the NDRRMC will need Project Agos volunteers to report critical information

MANILA, Philippines – National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) executive director Alexander Pama is calling on concerned citizens to use social media in achieving a zero casualty target when Typhoon Chedeng (Maysak) hits.

“Fellow netizens. We would like to invite you to join us. Be a digital disaster risk reduction volunteer,” he said in this video message.

As Typhoon Chedeng threatens parts of Luzon, MovePH, the civic engagement arm of Rappler, and partner agencies like the NDRRMC will need Project Agos volunteers to gather the following information:

  • Preparations of local government units 
  • Hazards (Flooding, landslides, wind, rainfall)
  • People in need of rescue and assistance
  • Infrastructure damage (e.g., roads, bridges)
  • Damaged communication facilities (e.g., cell sites, electric posts)
  • Relief needs and operations

The information that volunteers gather will be relayed to national government agencies and local responders who can use the information to prepare for and respond to Typhoon Chedeng (Maysak). 

Citizen journalists can also send reports, photos, and videos on how their families and communities are preparing for Typhoon Chedeng.

NDRRMC OpCen deployment

MovePH is also calling for volunteers to help monitor social media and coordinate response efforts for our #Maysak response. 

The volunteers will be deployed to the operations center in Camp Aguinaldo from April 2 to April 5 to monitor social media reports and respond using the Project Agos Alert Map. This initiative is a collaboration among the following agencies and groups with the support of:

  • NDRRMC, Office of Civil Defense (OCD), and other government agencies
  • Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)
  • National Youth Commission (NYC)
  • Orange Helmets
  • YesPinoy
  • BlogWatch 

Volunteers are requested to bring their own laptops and 3G phones with hot spot capability.  

This initiative is part of Rappler’s Project Agos, a one-stop online platform to help educate the public about disasters, climate change, and build a #ZeroCasualty country. (WATCH: Project Agos)

Be an online volunteer today!

Click the button below to register as a volunteer or fill up this form.

Additional instructions will be sent to your e-mail.  

Be a digital humanitarian today! – Rappler.com

If you have any questions, feedback, or additional information, please email move.ph@rappler.com or tweet @moveph.

Get the latest #WeatherAlert and typhoon updates on Project Agos 

Project Agos is a collaborative platform that combines top-down government action with bottom-up civic engagement to help communities learn about climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. The project harnesses technology and social media to ensure critical information flows to those who need it before, during, and after a disaster. It is a partnership between Rappler and key government, private and civil society groups. It is also supported by the Australian Government.

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