Filipino PWDs participate remotely in international conference through PREGINET
By: Katherine Babaran, April 25, 2014

1517610_3975341117631_8695177067649329613_nThe Manila Delegation of persons with disabilities (PWD), remotely participated through the Philippine Research, Education and Government Information Network (PREGINET), in the Asia Pacific Meeting on Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction: Changing Mindsets Through Knowledge, held on 22-23 April 2014 with central location at Sendai Mediatheque, Sendai, Japan.

Said event was organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, in cooperation with the Rehabilitation International and the Nippon Foundation. The meeting brought together, disaster risk policy experts, as well as, disability policy and rights experts from various governments and civil society organizations in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Manila Delegation delivered an audiovisual presentation to the central location in Sendai, Japan and another remote site in Urakawa, Japan, via videoconferencing, live streaming and network services of PREGINET. Video feeds from Manila and Japan were streamed via www.pregi.net/broadcaster and www.iptv.ateneo.edu, for a wider participation.

Network support was also extended to the Philippine site by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-Information and Communications Technology Office, the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company, the OKI Electric Ltd. and the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity.

The Manila Delegation was convened by the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), through its Ateneo Innovation Center, together with the National Council for Disability Affairs, the National Library, Resources for the Blind and Assistive Technology Development Office. The ADMU’s Electronics, Computer and Communications Engineering and Sociology and Anthropology Departments likewise showed unparalleled support for subject event.

PREGINET is the only research and education network in the country. It is being operated by the DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), a research and development institute focused on ICT and electronics technology.

The DOST-ASTI and PREGINET share the participants’ conviction that regular participation of PWDs in emergency preparedness and other disaster risk reduction measures is crucial in saving lives, as well as, preventing and minimizing risk and damage in disaster occurrence. Through this conference, important lessons and best practices learned would be shared and acted upon, in future disaster preparedness planning and implementation.

For more event details, documents and important links, please visit http://www.unescapsdd.org/events/asia-pacific-meeting-disability-inclusive-disaster-risk-reduction. — With reports from Benjz Gerard M. Sevilla