11.17.2013

PIA News Service - Sunday, November 17, 2013

Typhoon Yolanda aftermath portal utility gains appreciation from netizens

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 17 (PIA) – The web-based Yolanda aftermath portal created by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga bears out usefulness with an increased number of global users.

It can be recalled that http://piacaragayolandaph.blogspot.com was entirely designed and got portal up and running, following right after the strike of the typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan), to bring a wide range of information sources that are attainable to the netizens. Contents of this site turned out to be an easy and quick reference of photos, videos, news, and updates of the after effects of the super typhoon’s wrath.

Northeastern Mindanao information cluster head and PIA Caraga regional director Abner Caga stated that he prefigured it as a functional device to allow the many Filipinos in catching a glimpse of the devastation. “I saw the practicality of our plan to set up the portal, which in turn will knock the hearts of our fellowmen, especially those with kindred spirits who are eager to extend a help to those stricken with the catastrophic event,” he said.

The Yolanda aftermath portal serves well its purpose when netizens visited and utilized the link of “People Finder” engine to seek status about their relatives and friends. Concerned individuals even came around the PIA-13 regional office to ask for assistance and obtain information. “This is our way also of doing whatever we can to serve the needing public,” Caga added.

Further, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Sonny Coloma has recognized the sincere effort of PIA-13 for initiating the construction of Yolanda aftermath web portal. Accordingly, the national office has set up a wide screen monitor specifically intended for browsing and viewing updates.

The creative and maintenance team of said portal composed of no less that the PIA-13 personnel continue in giving credit to the various sources and providers of relevant online data to include the Philippine government official gazette, the national disaster risk reduction management council (NDRRMC) website, among others.


“It is during this poignant time of overwhelming tragedy that our capacity to deliver our services is way beyond what is being expected of us. PIA Caraga will untiringly search for means to facilitate and integrate practical applications through a gateway on the internet to provide detailed and up-to-date information,” said Caga. (FEA/VLG/PIA-Caraga)