An official of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NRDDMC) claimed limitations of technology is the reason why SMS (short-messaging-system) rainfall warning signals are oftentimes delayed.
According to NDRRMC Executive Director Ricardo Jalad text warnings are hindered by the time necessary to identify the location of each subscriber and the appropriate warnings for them.
For instance, some subscribers reported receiving almost two hours later the orange rainfall warning NDRRMC issued at 3 p.m. Sunday.
He said the speed at which such warnings can be transmitted is “dictated by technology,” adding that existing SMS technology is relatively slow in this regard.
Besides, he said the NDRRMC is only relying on the available technology being provided by the telecommunication firms. He said the government must pour more investments into the emergency SMS broadcast systems to address this problem.
If SMS technology is indeed relatively slow, some subscribers are wondering why they get some spam messages and telco promos faster than emergency alerts.