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Globe Telecom ties up with DOST to run Project NOAH operations

Committed to strengthen its position as an IT company ready to support the disaster prevention and mitigation initiatives of the Philippine government, the e-Government (e-Gov) business unit of Globe Telecom recently joined forces with the Department of Science and Technology as it provided additional virtual machines (VMs) to run the operations of Project NOAH (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards).

As the telco's business segment mandated in delivering public sector-based projects to help improve public service, institute good governance and raise the country's overall IT competitiveness, the donation of VMs by Globe e-Gov, in close coordination with the newly-established IT Enabled Services Group (IG), will enable a "mirror" or replica of the web/application setup of the NOAH site (noah.dost.gov.ph), where one can check the current weather across the Philippines. This will also act as an alternate website server in case the primary server encounters any technical problems.

Project NOAH Program Leader & Executive Director Dr. Alfredo Mahar Lagmay commended this initiative by Globe for generously donating a mirror server to DOST Project NOAH for its website, saying that "It will greatly aid us in instances when there is a surge of users accessing the site especially during extreme weather events. This further enhances the capacity of the program to reach a wide audience and empower citizens to be informed and prepared for potential disasters."

Dr. Lagmay also added that this donation strengthens the commitment of Globe to help the government in its disaster prevention and mitigation programs as NOAH's services must be quickly accessible to the public.

Meanwhile, Globe e-Gov Senior Vice President Jesus Romero stressed that, "We recognize the importance of Project NOAH not just in providing general information, but in disaster preparedness and mitigation. Through this gesture, we would like to manifest our support on this notable initiative of government. For us in Globe, we want the critical information being provided by Project NOAH to be more accessible to its subscribers and the public at large."

Both Globe e-Gov and IG work together to assist organizations, companies and the public sector to address their infrastructure requirements, particularly through their Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service or DRaaS, in improving the uptime of their applications and data in instances of natural or man-made disasters.

Last year, no less than Pres. Benigno Aquino III cited an earlier undertaking by Globe with its link-up to the Southeast Japan Cable System, saying that the landmark interconnection will broaden access to government services, particularly Project NOAH, and that "Improved access to the internet also means more of our people will receive timely updates from government agencies such as the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, Astronomical Services Administration, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, and the Official Gazette—updates that could make all the difference especially during times of calamity."

Source: Globe Telecom

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