Mobile command center to boost Army’s disaster response efforts

by Philippine News Agency | August 1, 2020

MANILA – The disaster response efforts of the Philippine Army (PA) is expected to get a boost with the activation of the Army Signal Regiment’s (ASR) Mobile Command Center 4 (MCC4).

During its launch in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on Friday, PA commander, Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay, also witnessed the signal capability demonstration of MCC4, which is part of a fleet of mobile command centers that serve as coordinating venues between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and other government agencies during disasters or other crisis incidents.

“We at the Philippine Army do not stop from adapting to the dynamics of our security environment. These capabilities will help us ensure that we are ready to respond to any eventuality, be it from natural disasters, cyber-threats, and most especially, threats to national security,” Gapay said.

The mobile command centers also establish links among deployed disaster response units and provide situation awareness or damage assessments to the decision-makers for responsive humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR) operations.

Gapay also witnessed a demonstration of the ASR’s deployable signal teams for HADR operations and the cyber-security incident response team whose mission is to minimize and control damage resulting from incidents, provide effective response and recovery, and prevent future cyber-attacks in the organization. (PNA)