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 Thursday, 10 April 2008

 Date April 09,2008

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has committed to send mobile satellite telecommunications equipment to Catanduanes for use in disaster preparedness and response during the typhoon season.

The commitment was made by Dr. Cosmas Zavazava, head of the ITU department for Less Developed Countries, Small Island Island Countries and Emergency Telecommunications, during the ITU Missionís meeting with key members of the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) headed by Governor Joseph C. Cua.

Accompanying Dr. Zavazava and Wisit Atipayakoon, specialist of the ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, during their half-day visit to the island last April 2 was Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Assistant Secretary Cesar V. Sarmiento.

"We have agreed that you just send a message, when you are getting into the typhoon season, to request for mobile satellite telecommunications equipment and we will loan it to you free of charge," the ITU mission head told the PDCC. The satellite gear can provide voice communication, high speed data transmission, and internet access.

"You can use the equipment as much as you want and we will pay the bills. After three months when the disaster is gone, you can return it to us in Geneva so other countries can use it, too," Zavazava said.

However, he added, the provincial government can enter into a co-financing agreement for the permanent basing of mobile satellite terminals in Catanduanes. "Tell us what you need, we can do costing, help you acquire equipment to make it permanent here," he emphasized.

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