Government bringing innovation to 911 emergency hotline program

The government through the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) will be bringin some innovations to the current National 911 program.

“As directed by President Duterte, we have so much planned for the National 911 program this 2018 and we commit to push through with all of these innovations as they were created and intended to benefit the Filipino people,” DILG officer-in-charge (OIC) Eduardo M. Año said as quoted by Manila Bulletin.

This 2018, according to Año, PHP22.4 million was allocated for the National 911 program.

The national 911 emergency hotline program is among the promises of President Rodrigo Duterte. It was launched in August 2016.

“Hiring qualified and competent professionals to serve as telecommunicators, information technology, planning and legal service support will ramp up 911’s quick response capability, thus, saving more lives,” Año said.

Año also said they are planning to partner with a university to develop information ecosystems for emergency responders’ profiles and databases.

“These analytics can provide us and the authorities more informed strategies and decisions that will eventually lead to an improved and successful emergency response which in the end can save lives,” he said.