Pointwest Participates in 2015 Metro Manila Earthquake Drill
October 29, 2015
Pointwest Technologies Corporation, the leading fully Filipino-owned Philippine IT outsourcing service provider, participated in the Metrowide Shakedrill held on Thursday, 30 July 2015, and organized by the Philippine government to help prepare Metro Manila, the country’s capital metropolis, for possible earthquakes.
Pointwesters from its Headquarters at the Citibank Center along Paseo de Roxas, Makati City, and the Pointwest Building Delivery Center at the UP-AyalaLand Technohub in Diliman, Quezon City, took part in the exercise. Staff in Pointwest’s offices practiced immediate responses to a major quake, like the “Duck, Cover, Hold” safety drill. Pointwesters also took part in the calm and orderly evacuation to open spaces led by Marshalls with the proper safety gear.
As a company that adheres to international standards, Pointwest is not a stranger to disaster preparedness. The company has a Disaster Recovery and response mechanism in place while a council watches over potential disruptive events to advice staff in a timely manner and relay company announcements.
Pointwest’s Disaster Recovery Policies (DRP) help ensure the safety of its more than 1,200 staff based in the Philippines and in satellite offices abroad. As a leader in Philippine IT outsourcing with clients in the Fortune 500, Pointwest’s DRP ensures the continuation of services in all but the most destructive of disasters.
Pointwest also designs software tools that help in disaster planning and hazards monitoring. Arko, an award-winning mobile app made by Pointwest for the Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards, or Project NOAH, of the Department of Science and Technology, monitors storm and rain conditions to help its users assess flood hazards in their area.
Arko is a winner of the 2014 World Summit Awards for Mobile and is the Best Philippine Made Mobile App of the Year of the 2015 International ICT Awards Philippines. Pointwest is using its long experience in setting the standards for Philippine IT to make Arko more responsive, as well as develop new digital tools to help in disaster preparedness and mitigation.