Netizens speak up about the free mobile disaster alerts law

Photo via wxow.com

Photo via wxow.com

via rappler.com – The typhoon season in the Philippines is fast approaching but the law that will allow Filipinos to receive free mobile disaster alerts could not yet be implemented.

Republic Act 10639 or the Free Mobile Disaster Alerts Act mandates major telecommunication companies (telcos) in the country to send free mobile alerts to subscribers before disasters like typhoons happen.

While President Benigno Aquino III already signed the law on June 20, 2014, its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) have yet to be finalized. They were supposed to be submitted 60 days after the signing of the law. (READ: Will the free mobile disaster alerts law finally be implemented?)

The information for mobile alerts is supposed to come from concerned government agencies such as the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) and state weather bureau PAGASA. These will then be monitored by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

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