IOM Hands Over Disaster Response Tracking Database to Philippines Government

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IOM yesterday handed over a Humanitarian Response Monitoring System (HRMS) to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The HRMS, funded by the European Community Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO), was originally rolled out by IOM in 2006 to address information management issues in the emergency response to Super Typhoon Reming.

In 2009, the system was modified and rolled out again in response to the complex emergency in Central Mindanao and remains the key tool used by aid agencies in the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Camp Coordination and Camp Management Cluster, particularly to monitor population displacement.

DSWD will adopt the HRMS as its main tool for monitoring displacement and humanitarian response. The system was piloted in Central Mindanao and will subsequently be rolled out in other areas.

"The signing of this agreement further strengthens the partnership between IOM and DSWD. We believe that it will complement and enhance our information management capacity in disaster response," says DSWD Assistant Secretary Ruel Lucentales.

The handover took place at a ceremony attended by DSWD Secretary Esperanza Cabral, IOM Deputy Director General Ambassador Laura Thompson and IOM Regional Representative for East Asia Charles Harns.

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