By PR |07:56 PM January 10, 2022
Camp Lapulapu, Cebu City –Following the intent to provide fast and reliable communication to synchronize the recovery and rehabilitation efforts in Trinidad, Bohol, Visayas Command (VISCOM), through the 2nd Deployable Signal Team of 3rd Signal Battalion in partnership with the Office of Civil Defense Region 7 installed a Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT)/Satellite Network (SATNET) at the Municipal Hall of the said municipality on Sunday, January 9.
VSAT/SATNET is a small-sized earth station used to transmit and receive data, voice and video signals over a satellite communication network. The installation of the equipment allows government agencies involved in the recovery and rehabilitation efforts to establish effective communication between and among themselves.
Likewise, the equipment provides the community access to free communication services, such as, free call and text to all networks, free internet through wifi connection, and free cellphone charging.
The Commander of VISCOM, Lieutenant General Robert C Dauz expressed that, “Communication is of extreme importance in any instance of disaster, not only to synchronize the efforts of the responders but also to address the need of the community to establish communication with their families and loved ones.”
He added, “As servants in the Visayas, VISCOM is glad to be in the position to make this endeavor possible. It is indeed our privilege to be of service to the Boholanos, particularly the people of Trinidad who have suffered so much during the onslaught of super typhoon ‘Odette’.”
Trinidad is one of the municipalities in Bohol that was heavily battered by super typhoon ‘Odette’. Hundreds of people were displaced, several infrastructures were damaged and several communication lines were cut-off, leaving the people with minimal or no communication with their families and loved ones outside the jurisdiction of the municipality.