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Davao Central 911 eyes big brother role over National 911

August 6, 2016 By

The Davao City Central Communications and Emergency Response Center or the Central 911 is willing to play big brother to the recently-launched National 911.

Central 911 chief Emmanuel Jadon said the 14-year old Davao emergency response unit is ready to help the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in the effective and efficient implementation of the 911 at the national level.

Speaking during a meeting with members of the National Literacy Coordinating Council on Wednesday afternoon, Jadon said the Central 911 team is also prepared to provide inputs and training to the personnel of the 911 national office.

Launched in on September 27, 2002 when President Rodrigo R. Duterte was city mayor, Central 911 is the first of its kind emergency response system in the Philippines and Asia. It is the 3rd in the world after the US and Canada.

With fire auxiliaries, K9 units, search and rescue teams, police and emergency medical services, Central 911 operates 24/7 and uses Emergency Computer Aided Dispatch (ECAD), a computerized mapping system that allows authorities to locate the origin of the distress call and tracks police response time to emergency calls.

“This is a basic kind of service that we must have,” Jaldon said. “You can’t be globally competitive if you don’t have a system like this in place.”

With the national 911 still in the infancy stage, Jadon said it needs a little more time to operate efficiently as a highly computerized and fully integrated emergency and rescue dispatch system that will link Filipinos to the entire emergency resources of the government wherever they may be.

“There are still lots of areas that needs to be improved. Just give it a little more time and everything will fall into place,” he said. | CIO