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TSF reinforces the emergency response system

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On 13th May 2011, Télécoms Sans Frontières, in partnership with the Humanitarian Aid department of the European Commission (ECHO), ended its program of capacity reinforcement in emergency telecommunications by conducting the second and third training sessions in the Philippines, first in Tuguegarao, in the north of the islands, and then in Manila. Throughout this program, the objective for TSF is to optimise the actions and coordination between the beneficiaries (local and international emergency workers) to insure them more autonomy in their response in case of a future humanitarian catastrophe.

These training sessions illustrate the commitment of TSF and the European Commission with the NDRRMC (National Disaster, Risk Reduction and Management Council) for a more efficient disaster response.

Indeed, after its emergency deployment on September 28th 2009, in response to the two tropical storms Ketsana and Parma, Télécoms Sans Frontières signed an agreement with the NDRRMC to set up a training program in emergency telecommunications. These trainings financed by the European Commission, are directed at the NDRRMC staff and the NGOs working in the areas hit by the two typhoons. In order to optimise relief operations in case of disaster in the Philippines, TSF also offered to the NDRRMC 10 emergency telecommunication kits and 27 satellite phones.