One-hotline for all emergencies

The number to call in all kinds of emergencies in Dumaguete in the future will be “111” or “333” and a call-central similar to Davao’s and America’s 911 will push your call to the agency concerned. The blueprint and works are now in the pipe line.

The netizens involved will be mostly from city professionals, and academe and netizens who will be trained by the Davao 911 group who was sent by President Duterte earlier when he was still running for president.

If passed, all emergency cases will now be channeled through either “111” or “333,” the equivalent of Davao City’s 911, to ensure quick and appropriate responses by authorities and professionals.

Endorsed by Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Remollo and authored by Councilors Manuel Arbon and Karissa Faye Tolentino, (both Silliman law alumni) the proposed ordinance shall mandate that communication lines of hospitals, medical facilities, police stations, security agencies, fire department, traffic management office, disaster risk and reduction offices and power utilities be connected to a common or central emergency number in the city.

It added that “in all circumstances…a caller dialing or accessing the emergency number shall be answered by a dedicated operator who shall be responsible in determining the nature (i.e. fire, shooting, robbery, flooding) and key details (i.e. location of the incident and parties involved) and thereafter immediately contact and direct appropriate first responders (i.e., fire department, police station or nearest sub-station or DRMMO).”

There was also a suggestion that the persons responsible of running the system would be knowledgeable enough to share about traffic situation updates and other information such as suspension of classes.

Councilor Joe Kenneth Arbas inquired if NORECO II, although principally not a government agency and other private institutions like hospitals,will be expected to support and join the system in the interest of public welfare and safety.

Arbon and Alan Cordova replied that considering that they provide services that affect the general welfare, then they are morally expected to comply with ordinance with out the need of compulsion, but out of public conscience.

Yet the ordinance imposes that non-compliance shall penalize the offending facility or office, or its responsible officer or head of office with a fine of P 1, 000.00; a second infraction shall result in the imposition of a fine amounting to P 2, 500; finally 3rd offense shall be penalized by a fine of P 5, 000.00 plus suspension of Mayor’s or business permit.

Violation by public official doing first-responder work shall be held administratively liable.

Meanwhile, pranksters or callers who cause false alarms shall be penalized by a fine of P1, 000.00 and shall be detained for 48 hours at the local police station who shall trace the prankster’s number and that they shall have been properly identified. (By Dems Demecillo)

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