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Philippine Sahana Initiative
Friday, Jul 4, 2008, 8:18 PM

Philippine Sahana Initiative
2007/04/24 - 2007/04/24. Discovery Suites, Ortigas

Bluepoint Foundation, in cooperation with the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC), will be holding the Philippine Sahana Initiative (PSI) on April 24, 2007 at the Discovery Suites in Ortigas.

Sahana is a Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Disaster Management System (DMS). It is a web-based collaboration tool that addresses the common coordination problems during a disaster from finding missing people, managing aid, managing volunteers, and tracking camps effectively. Sahana has become the de facto DMS with immense backing from humanitarian and non-government organizations worldwide.

The Award for Projects of Social Benefit was given to Sahana by the Free Software Foundation (FSF) last March 26, 2007.

In support of the NDCC's program on disaster mitigation, Bluepoint will fly in 2 senior Sahana developers from Sri Lanka to provide free training for selected participants from every Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC), NDCC member agencies, and other centers for disaster preparedness throughout the country.

PSI aims to equip participants with the necessary skills for the deployment of Sahana as a centralized, nationwide disaster management system for the efficient coordination of relief efforts during disasters.

The whole-day event will be held in coordination with the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), NDCC secretariat and lead RDCC organization, under the Department of National Defense (DND).

The head organizer is Magie Gaffud-Antonio, a participant of Asia-Source 2 in Sukabumi, Indonesia and also a longtime FOSS advocate in the Philippines

The Bluepoint Institute of Higher Technology Foundation is a non-profit Open Source education and development center that provides formal, cutting edge training on the Linux operating system and on the Perl, Java, and PHP programming languages. It is the first institution in the Philippines that focuses on Open Source education and on the development of real-world applications of Open Source for science, business, government, and other sectors of society. Bluepoint is duly registered under the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission and is a member of the Philippine Council for NGO Certification.
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