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991 Hotline Libre Na Tawagan


Inanunsyo ng Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) na lahat ng tawag sa Emergency 911 Hotline ng pamahalaan ay libre na para sa mga subscriber ng PLDT, Smart, Talk ‘N Text at Sun Cellular.

“LIBRE NA PO ANG PAGTAWAG SA HOTLINE 911 SA PLDT AT TATLONG MOBILE NETWORKS NITO” SABI NI DILG SECRETARY EDUARDO M. AÑO.

“HUWAG PO KAYONG MAGDALAWANG-ISIP NA I-DIAL ANG 911 SA PANAHON NG EMERGENCY. HINDI NATIN HAHAYAANG ANG KAWALAN NG LOAD AY MAGING HADLANG SA PAGLILIGTAS NG BUHAY SAPAGKAT BAWAT SEGUNDO AY MAHALAGA SA PANAHON NG EMERGENCY,” DAGDAG NIYA.

Batay sa datos mula sa DILG Emergency 911 National Office, pangkaraniwan nang nakatatanggap ng halos 3,500 na emergency calls ang hotline sa loob ng isang buwan at humigit-kumulang sa 100 legitimate na tawag sa loob ng isang araw.

Kasabay nito, matinding binalaan naman ng ex-AFP chief ang mga prank callers na mananagot ito sa batas kung aabusuhin ang pagtawag sa 911.

“LIBRE NA PO ANG PAGTAWAG SA HOTLINE 911 SA PLDT AT TATLONG MOBILE NETWORKS PERO HINDI IBIG SABIHIN AY GAGAMITIN NATIN ITO PARA SA PANLOLOKO. PRANK AND FRAUDULENT CALLS ARE PUNISHABLE UNDER THE LAW,” ANANG DILG SECRETARY.

Maaring makulong ng hindi lalagpas sa 5 taon, at magmulta ng hindi hihigit sa 40,000 piso ang mapapatunayang may sala.

Dagdag ni DILG Sec. na sana maging daan ito upang mahikayat ang iba ‘pang telecommunications company na sumunod sa ginawang hakbang na ito.

“President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order institutionalizing the Emergency 911 Hotline as the nationwide emergency answering point, replacing Patrol 117 to conform to international standards.

Duterte signed Executive Order No. 56 nearly two years after he directed the National Telecommunications Commission to use 911 as the national emergency hotline number.

“There is a need to change the Patrol 117 Hotline Network to Emergency 911 Hotline Number to conform to international standards on emergency numbers for public telecommunication networks,” the EO stated.

Davao City, where Duterte was mayor for 23 years before ascending to the presidency, also uses 911 for local emergencies.

The Emergency 911 National Hotline Call Center will be under the supervision of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, with local government units enjoined to establish and run their respective local 911 call centers.

The Bureau of Fire Protection and the Philippine National Police will be the primary service respondents of the “911” to be supported by at least 10 other government agencies and accredited non-government organizations.

On the other hand, all private communication carriers and companies “should ensure and provide” uninterrupted connectivity and integration of all calls.”

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