KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, 15 May 2020 -The Regulatory Reform Support Program for National Development (RESPOND) team of the University of the Philippines Public Administration Research and Extension Services Foundation, Inc. (UPPAF) conducted a briefing on the Supply Chain Analytics (SCAn) Dashboard and Incident Reporter App on May 14, 2020 through a virtual platform.

Undersecretary Adoracion M. Navarro of the NEDA Regional Development Group (RDG) presided over the briefing with the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) officials, particularly from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR), Ministry of Transportation and Communication (MOTC), Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Tourism (MTIT), Director General of the Bangsamoro Planning Development Authority (BPDA), NEDA-Regional Development Staff, and members of NEDA XII Management Team. The RESPOND Team headed by Dr. Enrico L. Basilio served as resource persons.

“The National Inter-Agency Task Force (NIATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (MEID) approved the SCAn Dashboard and Incident Reporter App as a tool in solving the bottlenecks on the supply chain across the country under the current health emergency situation” as shared by Usec Navarro.

The dashboard is an integral part of the COVID-19 ICT Ecosystem and is compliant with the Data Privacy Act and has built-in cyber security features to ensure that the information gathered and contained in the dashboard are secured, verified, and sanitized. To guarantee the integrity and reliability of data privacy, vulnerability assessment processes are being conducted by the SCAn system administrators.

The National Incident Emergency Command Operation Center at Camp Aguinaldo will host the main viewing hub of the dashboard but remote sites are possible to enable any authorized user to view the information anywhere at any given time, using any facility with internet. MTIT Minister Taddik Abour Amri shared their experiences on the disruptions in the  supply and demand flow of several basic goods and necessities during the community quarantine period in the BARMM.  “Disruptions in supply affect the prices of these goods” he said.

MOTC Minister Dickson P. Hermoso expressed their support on the utilization of the SCAn in the BARMM. However, among the prominent challenges in the efficient use of this application is the stability of the internet system especially in the island provinces of the autonomous region.

 “We shall explore the possibility of creating SCAn special arrangement for texter and proxy reporter or technical adjustments for the areas with internet connectivity problems” was the RESPOND Team’s reply.

MAFAR Minister Mohammad S. Yacob recommended that the BPDA, headed by Director General Mohajirin B. Ali, be included as the BARMM representative in the SCAn support group, given the agency’s role in the technical and data analytics in the region.”

It was also suggested that transport and related cooperatives and industry groups from BARMM be included in the Supply Chain Network Hub. A virtual hub that conducts problem-solving sessions on supply and may recommend action points to the National Government. SCAn dashboard is scheduled for launching at the Camp Aguinaldo Operation Center and the Mobile Reporter App shall be made available in the coming days. (Gwyneth Grace B. Collado, NEDA XIIPFPD).