'eBayanihan', Ateneo’s online DRRM platform, launched
MANILA, Philippines – Committed to strengthening disaster resilience, “eBayanihan”, Ateneo’s web-mobile disaster management platform, was officially launched on Tuesday, June 9.
eBayanihan is a mobile, SMS, and web-based disaster management system that crowdsources disaster-related information as part of preparedness and disaster mitigation.
The project was made possible by the Ateneo Java Wireless Competency Center, Ateneo Social Computing Science Laboratory, and the Department of Science and Technology.
eBayanihan is a partner of Project Agos.* It has features similar to the Agos Alert Map as it contains alert and relief maps that crowdsource and communicate information that could save lives and property.
Rina Estuar, project lead of eBayanihan, acknowledged the similarities between the two systems and mentioned that the two groups are coordinating on how to align efforts.
The main goal of the project is to develop a web-based disaster management system that captures the human element when a disaster strikes.
“Emotions are taken into account to know what they feel from reading the reports,” Estuar said, adding that emotions are important in understanding disasters.
Estuar presented the homepage which features Citizen Reports posted by users, a timeline of these reports, a map, and a social page that allows users to follow hashtags and trending topics.
It will also allow users to post reports about their status or initial damages they have suffered, and connect to friends as the system integrates contacts in the user's account.
eBayanihan seeks to build a system of volunteers and notifies users whenever a certain skill set relevant to them is needed.
For mapping, situation reports from the users of e-Bayanihan, flood reports from NOAH, tweets, shelter and community profiles can be overlayed to see real-time status during disasters.
Estuar, also a professor at the Ateneo, recounted her experience in developing software through the evolution of eBayanihan from Flood Patrol, an app created in 2012. – with Aika Rey and Zebadiah Cañero/Rappler.com
Zebadiah Cañero is a Rappler intern.
*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.