PHL gears up for free mobile disasters alerts law implementation –Palace

By Leslie D. Venzon

MANILA, Oct. 9 (PNA) — Malacanang on Friday said the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Free Mobile Disaster Alerts Act has been completed, paving the way for the implementation of the much-needed law in times of disasters and calamities.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said the implementation of the law would be turned over to the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) once the IRR was done.

“Kasi NDRRMC po ‘yung makikipag-coordinate sa ating mga telcos (service providers) who have been thus far very cooperative kung saan at anong lugar ho ipapadala ‘yung mga free mobile disaster alert,” she said in a Palace press briefing.

Valte said that it took concerned government agencies some time to ensure that the crafting of the IRR was “accurate and practicable.”

The Department of Transportation and Communications, the National Telecommunications Commission, the NDRRMC and the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) submitted the law’s IRR.

Republic Act 10639 or the “Free Mobile Disaster Alerts Act” mandates the telecommunications service providers to send free mobile alerts in the event of natural and man-made disasters and calamities. (PNA)