(PDRF) President Butch Meily - Trade and Travel Journal
Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) President Butch Meily showcases the organization’s large-scale digital mapping of the Philippine fault zone in their command center

Disasters may happen anytime, anywhere yet more frequently in the Philippines with its high vulnerability and exposure to natural hazards. Raising national awareness and preparedness on natural disasters, however, can reduce its disruptive damages and risks to loss of life.

Prompted by its mission to strengthen the country’s resiliency against natural calamities, PDRF forged a partnership with the industry-leading enabler of digital solutions ePLDT to enhance its defense against cyberattacks and future-proof its business of saving lives.

Creating a disaster-ready Philippines

The Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) aims to play a role in different phases of disaster management such as response, recovery, and rehabilitation. It is composed of over 80 private corporations and leading non-government organization (NGO) members and coordinates private sector solutions for disaster management.

When a magnitude 6.1 earthquake jolted Luzon on April 22, PDRF, through its member companies, was one of the first organizations to quickly respond to the emergency and rescue operations in Pampanga which sustained around P121.7 million worth of damage to its roads and infrastructure.

“We’re now leading the idea that the private sector has a role to play in terms of disaster management. Private organizations like ours can go ahead and volunteer using our resources and core expertise to respond and help rebuild places that have been hit by disasters,” PDRF President Butch Meily said.

A first-of-its-kind Emergency Operations Center

In order to mitigate and quickly respond to different kinds of calamities in the country, PDRF needed monitoring tools that would allow them to identify hazards and risks prior to the impacts of incoming natural disasters.

The organization recently built the world’s first national private sector-owned National Emergency Operations Center in Clark, Pampanga which is being utilized to monitor storms, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions across the Philippine archipelago.

With the critical information bits the Emergency Operations Center processes, it calls for robust security measures that will protect its mission-critical data from potential cyber threats and attacks.

“The nature of the data that we handle is very sensitive. If there are any attempts to hack our system or steal our data, we need to have robust cybersecurity technologies in place which the only ePLDT was able to provide,” said Meily.

PDRF’s Emergency Operations Center
PDRF’s Emergency Operations Center was built to help the organization monitor storms, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions in the country

Future-proofing PDRF’s business of saving lives

To help PDRF remain prepared for both natural and cyber disasters alike, the organization penned a partnership with ePLDT for its Cyber Security solutions.

“This partnership is an opportunity for ePLDT to help a leading organization like PDRF enhance its disaster preparedness and response initiatives,” said Nerisse Ramos, Senior Vice President & Group Chief Operating Officer of ePLDT. “With ePLDT’s homegrown expertise and global-class methodology, we can further strengthen PDRF’s cyber defenses that will help them to transform the Philippines into becoming a more disaster-resilient country.”

Through the partnership, ePLDT helped upgrade PDRF’s existing security technologies with its Managed Security Service that included the management and maintenance of the latter’s firewall.

PDRF also subscribed to ePLDT’s Security Operations Center-as-a-Service (SOCaaS), which gives the former a dedicated cybersecurity team that proactively monitors their network 24/7 and immediately responds in the event of a cyberattack.

Class-on-its-own cybersecurity technologies

ePLDT delivers best-in-class Cyber Security services and solutions that allow businesses to redefine their cyber defenses against a wide range of cyber threats.

“With emerging cyber threats becoming more and more dangerous each day, it is crucial for reputable organizations like PDRF to have security measures in place. Cyberattacks can easily cripple an organization today especially with associated risks of financial losses, business disruptions, and damage to reputation,” said Angel Redoble, First Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer of ePLDT Group, PLDT Group & SMART.

Through ePLDT’s SOCaaS, PDRF will be informed of any malicious activities in their systems within minutes they are discovered. PDRF will also receive monthly reports to ensure their awareness of cyber incidents within the organization.

Today, PDRF is equipped with cybersecurity it needs to further build the nation’s resilience and help mitigate damages from future disasters. “We would not be able to operate at our top-level without the assurance of having ePLDT there and providing cybersecurity. I feel much more secure now by having ePLDT as a partner, I’m very sure of that,” Meily concluded.

ePLDT is the premier provider of holistic digital business solutions in the Philippines. Apart from Cyber Security, ePLDT’s products and services that are up to par with international-global benchmarks also include Cloud, purpose-built Data Centers, and Managed IT Services.

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