The Presidency of the Dominican Republic, acting through the National Emergency Commission (CNE), launched the National Integrated Information System (SINI), a state-of-the-art ICT platform that hosts information on potential risks and vulnerabilities in order to facilitate research, analysis and early response capacities when the threat of disaster menaces the Dominican territory.
The platform is managed by highly trained technicians who compile and organise the information to be analysed. The SINI’s advanced servers can store environmental, geographical, agricultural and cartographic data produced by the institutions that participate in the system. Aircraft, drones and GPS will also be used to gather valuable data from vulnerable areas in order to analyse and manage potential risks.
The SINI was inaugurated on 25 July 2018 at the Civil Defense offices in Santo Domingo. Participants included Mr Gianluca Grippa, European Union Ambassador to Santo Domingo; Spanish Ambassador Mr Alejandro Abellán García; Vice Minister of the Presidency Ms Zoraima Cuello; the Ambassador Mr Antonio Vargas Hernández, National Administrator for European Development Funds and Director General for Multilateral Cooperation in the Dominican Republic (DIGECOOM); and Brigadier General Rafael Antonio Carrasco Paulino, CNE President and Director of Civil Defense.
Also present were Mayor General Ney Aldrín Bautista Almonte, Director General for National Policy; General Estanislao Gonell Regalado, Director of the Military and Police Commission of the Ministry of Public Works; Mr Juan Frías Gutiérrez, Governor of the Province of Santo Domingo; along with directors and representatives of the institutions that participate in the SINI.
“This valuable instrument represents a great step forward in the commitment undertaken by the Dominican government, through the integration of its various institutions, to ensure adequate risk management at every stage, thus minimising human, economic, material and environmental losses on our national territory,” said General Carrasco Paulino.
EU Ambassador Gianluca Grippa, for his part, noted that the SINI is another great success that will enable informed decision-making based on complete and up-to-the-minute data. “We applaud the recent hiring of the technical personnel that will manage the system: highly qualified staff that meets every requirement. This demonstrates the Government’s commitment to keep strengthening capacities in a sustainable way, using its own resources.” He also declared that the European Union and its Member States will continue to support the efforts of the Caribbean countries to improve their disaster risk reduction capacities.
Spanish Ambassador Alejandro Abellán García explained that Spain’s contribution to the SINI was made in the form of programme cooperation through the National Fund for Mitigation and Response, a finance instrument approved by the Dominican government 2002. He added that thanks to this assistance “three key elements of the system were financed: first of all, the system’s technological architecture; second, the establishment of nodes in all of the institutions that feed data into the system; and third, the interconnection and effectiveness of the data, which allow for better knowledge, diagnostics and response.”
The Ambassador Antonio Vargas Hernández highlighted that DIGECOOM has been supporting the design of the technological and functional architecture of the system and expressed commitment to continue supporting the natural disaster risk management.
The Dominican Republic’s National Integrated Information System is already a reality, and as of July of this year it has begun compiling and analysing data in order to increase early response capacities in disaster risk management. Through this successful venture, the Dominican government can share knowledge and best practices with other authorities and institutions in charge of risk management in the region and internationally.