Sarangani vehicles use GPS

03 Feb 2016
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ALABEL, Sarangani (February 3, 2016) – Soon after localizing the national emergency hotline Patrol 117 ahead of other LGUs in the Philippines, Sarangani Province is now equipping its vehicles with real-time GPS tracking system for disaster response mobilization.

The GPS or Global Positioning System is a tracking device where an operator handles the tracking software at the Capitol emergency operations center to pinpoint the exact location of a vehicle.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) said tracking systems in vehicles are common to big private corporations but in case of local government units (LGU,) Sarangani is yet the first in the country.

PDRRMO operations section chief Robert Lubonting said with the device, PDRRMO could easily track down vehicles nearest to incident locations in the province to be tapped for verification and mobilization.

Targeted to be installed with GPS are 40 vehicles, or 29 heavy equipment and 11 light vehicles. The provincial government has allotted P500,000 from its unexpended Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Trust Fund 2014 for this project.

Sarangani has contracted Galileo Satellite Control Systems based in Cebu City for the GPS installation starting third week of January 2016.

Lubonting said the tracking system would provide a link for vehicle movement during emergency situations and in providing special services along evacuation routes.

“Transportation or the use of automobiles and heavy equipment continue to be vital for effective response to disasters,” Lubonting said. The continuous provision of emergency transportation “is critical for lessening the impacts of future disasters.”

Using the GPS, he added, introduces “a new level of flexibility for operational command structures.”

Unlike the usual GPS, the units installed in Sarangani are packaged with a fuel gauge to monitor fuel consumption of the provincial government.

The device installed also has been supplemented with a SIM card and microphone so that drivers could be contacted immediately. (Beverly C. Paoyon / SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

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