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Dumaguete City, Philippines Tuesday, July 26, 2016
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One-number emergency line pushed

Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Remollo endorsed the proposed ordinance having one number to call in all kinds of emergencies in the city recently.

            The proposed ordinance was authored by Councilors Manuel Arbon and Karissa Faye Tolentino  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 to be connected to a central emergency number in the city.

            The proponents added that a caller dialing or accessing the emergency number shall be answered by a dedicated operator who shall be responsible in determining the nature such as fire, shooting, robbery, flooding and key details and thereafter immediately contact to first responder.

            The proposed ordinance imposes that non-compliance  shall penalize the offending office or facility with a fine for the first offense of P1,000; second offense P2,000 and third offense P5,000 plus suspension of the Mayor’s permit. Also violation by public official doing first-responder work shall be held administratively liable.

            Those who will be trained are mostly city professionals, and academe and netizens who will be trained by the Davao 911 group.

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