April 17, 2024

All local government units in the country are eyed have their own 911 emergency call center by 2028, according to National Emergency 911 executive director Francis Fajardo. 

There are about 30 LGUs nationwide that have their own 911 emergency call center, Fajardo said in an interview on the sidelines of the opening of the Bureau of Fire Protection Olympics at Melvin Jones Grandstand in Baguio City.

He said a localized emergency call center allows authorities to immediately address situations, unlike when a call is connected to the national operations center before its transfer to the local disaster risk councils.

Ang gusto nina Department of the Interior and Local Government Sec. Benjamin Abalos at Presidente Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. para makatulong agad at maibaba sa public. We are bringing it down from the national office to the municipality, city, provinces and all the LGUs that want to establish a 911. We are processing and fast-tracking the process since this is a directive by our Secretary and the President to immediately help the public,” he said.

Fajardo said the target is attainable because of LGUs’ positive response to the proposal. – PNA