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$150,000 Boost For Disaster First Responders

While receiving the equipment yesterday, Mr Seruiratu said the gadgets would greatly boost the ministry’s immediate response to future disasters.
10 Mar 2021 12:01
$150,000 Boost For Disaster First Responders
UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji Resident Deputy Representative Kevin Petrini, Minister for Defence, Disaster Management and Rural and Maritime Development Inia Seruiratu and Permanent Secretary David Kolitagane with staff of the UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji and Ministry for Rural and Maritime Development during the handover on March 8, 2021. Photo: Inoke Rabonu

The work of first responders in the collation of data for initial and detailed damage assessments post cyclones has received a major boost.

Yesterday, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) handed over 50 tablets and Information Technology equipment to the Minister for Defence, Disaster Management and Rural and Maritime Development Inia Seruiratu.

The equipment was procured through a $150,000 funding support by the UNDP to assist efforts in coordinating disaster response and recovery in the Ministry’s initial response to Tropical Cyclone Yasa.

While receiving the equipment yesterday, Mr Seruiratu said the gadgets would greatly boost the ministry’s immediate response to future disasters.

“Gathering of key data from damage assessments conducted after every disaster is crucial in mapping out the Government’s post disaster recovery plan,” he said.

“More importantly in inculcating resilience in future development for affected communities. At a time where the frequency of cyclones have intensified in strength and nature, we are thankful to have partners such as the UNDP’s Governance for Resilience (Gov4Res) project continuously supporting us in our efforts to respond to these disasters in the most efficient way possible.”

He said the use of tablets in the collation of data from damage assessments was first introduced during the response for Tropical Cyclone Yasa through a partnership with United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

“Once again, this is another exciting time for the ministry as we work towards digitally transforming the way we work to improve efficiency in our service delivery,” he said.

UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji Resident Deputy Representative, Kevin Petrini said: “The ministry plays a critical role in ensuring the development of rural and maritime communities in Fiji is productive, progressive, safe and resilient. The ministry’s integrated approach to co-ordinating development activities in Fiji’s rural sector demonstrates an impressive intent to achieve the global goals for sustainable development by 2030.”

Mr Petrini added that he looked forward to continuous partnerships with the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development in the future.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

Feedback: inoke.rabonu@fijisun.com.fj



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