Local direct 911 call in Bacolod underway

Persons needing help in the city may call 911 but either Manila or Cebu will answer the call as the telephone firm is still working on the system.

DISASTER RISK REDUCTION. (From left) Bernadette Montelibano and Dondon Parandas of the Bacolod City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office with Lorenzo Lambatin of the PIA look at the path of the recent typhoon that entered the country at the city’s DRRMO.*(LLJR-PIA6)

City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office- OIC chief Don Don Parandas said there is a possibility that response time could be affected due to time spent on relaying the message and the staff’s familiarity with local landmarks.

For this, Parandas said the people have the option to use direct landline -432 3871 to 73 while the 911 localization scheme is being established.

He said calls in the landline have surged from around 200 to 400 since the CDRRMO acquired two ambulances and has also improved the quality of their response.

Common reasons for emergency calls are those seeking police assistance but mostly medical like sudden illness, vehicular accidents especially extrication, motorcycle accidents and fire incidents, among others.

Parandas said the plan is now hatched to deploy ambulances at Abada-Escay and Brgy. Felisa because these areas are far from the 911 office having a response time of seven minutes.

Also Brgy.Sumag will soon have its own ambulance this year.

“We want to become self-reliant and a frontline in the DRRM delivery of services,” he said. (JSC/LLJR/PIA6 Negros Occ.)

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