PGIN to launch 911 emergency hotline this November


Nov. 10, 2016 ...

To ensure a faster and more efficient emergency response in the whole province, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) will localize the nationwide 911 hotline this month of November.

In her State of the Province Address on October 28, Governor Imee Marcos announced the establishment of Ilocos Norte's own emergency response center. 

"Ayon sa pangulo, lahat tayo kailangan magkaroon rin ng 911 hotline na ang reresponde tulad ng Davao City ay ang pulis, firetruck at ambulansya. Ag-live operation tayon inton Nobyembre!"

Through the project, Ilocanos around the province will have direct access to the local authorities in times of emergencies and disasters.

Wilfredo B. Lorenzo Jr., Officer-in-charge of the Provincial Information Technology Office, said they are currently coordinating with national agencies including National Telecommunications Commission and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

They are also seeking the assistance of telecommunication companies in running the hotline effectively.

As part of their preparations, PGIN held a training for emergency responders recently.

"The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Resiliency Council conducted training for the responders which comprise of police officers, health care providers, and search and rescue team."

Governor Marcos also said the project should include assistance to senior citizens, especially those who reside alone and in far-flung areas.

"Dapat my back up din ang 911 na 'Saguip Seniors,' mga senyoritas at senyoritos na nag-iisa na, malayo at walang nag-aalaga. Laging nadadali sa bagyo ang lola at lolo."

She futher urged the Ilocano youth to "sign-up for your lola duty."

"Dapat ang bawat solo senior, mag-assign tayo ng mga kamag-anak, karuba, (barangay health worker), kagawad at may mag-aasikaso."

The nationwide 24-hour hotlines for citizen complaints (8888) and emergencies (911) were made accessible to Filipinos on August 1, 2016 as part of President Rodrigo Duterte's measure against crime and corruption.