117 upgrade pact forged today PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 21 July 2014 11:39

The public will soon be assured of a strengthened 117 call center, as the City Government, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the 5th Special Action Battalion (SAB) – Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police will forge today the agreement for the facility’s upgrade.

The MOA signing and turnover rites, to be spearheaded by Mayor Beng Climaco, DILG and PNP officials will be held at 2pm at the 117 call center located at the Sunken Garden in front of City Hall.

Intended to improve security and emergency operations in the city, the agreement calls for the upgrades and expansion of the center’s existing technology and communication systems which will be carried out by the 5th SAB through a grant it received as a result of its role and contribution in the defense of the City during the siege last September.

The City Government will allow the use of the office space currently utilized by the Call Center for the installation, and support personnel training for the expansion of the operational system and capability of the existing 117 Call Center.

The DILG meanwhile, will allow the use and interconnection of the existing equipment and system with the new systems to be installed, based on the agreement. This is in cognizance with the objective of the 117 Call Center to coordinate information regarding emergency response operations.

The installation, operation and maintenance of the 117 call center is based on an agreement entered into by the City government and the DILG last December 12, 2005 to ensure the timely delivery of emergency response services.

City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (ad interim) OIC Elmeir Apolinario, Ph.D. said the ongoing upgrades is designed to make the 117 Call Center more attuned to the needs and demands of the City in terms of the relay and dissemination of critical information, as well as the coordination of disaster and emergency responses.

Pending the creation of a permanent structure, the CDRRMO ad interim relies largely on the 117 call center facility. (Sheila Covarrubias) On December 12, 2005, the City Government of Zamboanga, and the DILG entered into an agreement to install, operate, and maintain the 117 Call Center to ensure the timely delivery of emergency response services.