Zambo command center gets backing from DILG secretary PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 January 2016 11:53

by SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

Recognizing its impact in building resilience in Zamboanga, Local Government Secretary Senen Sarmiento has pledged support to Mayor Beng Climaco’s command center initiative which forms part of the Public Safety and Surveillance Project (PSSP).

Costing P117 million, the project is now undergoing bidding and is up for implementation this year. The PSSP seeks to establish a world-class data center that is reliable, secure and scalable to be an intelligent citywide command center retrofitted with data security firewalls, fire control, precision cooling, network monitoring system, and will house various servers for different applications running the public safety program.

It will include a world-class Incident Response Management System (IRMS) similar to the popular 911 call and dispatch system found in other countries. The IRMS will be manned by call center agents to monitor and record calls and incidents, including spatial GIS Mapping (Geographic information System).

“I am very willing to help Mayor Climaco here in building resilience,” Sec. Sarmiento said in his message during the turnover ceremony for police vehicles at the Regional Police Command headquarters in Mercedes last week. As a member of the Advisor Group Parliamentarian in the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, he vowed to help Zamboanga City realize its goal of making the city mitigate the effects of disasters and other emergencies.

Sarmiento said the country used to be very reactive, citing the law which mandated the allocation of 5% for calamity funds. “We have to wait for a calamity to happen before we can use the money, that’s how reactive we were before.” However, he declared, with the passage of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) law, “we became pro-active and is now promoting disaster preparedness but we should move further and start building resilience.”

For her part, Mayor Climaco thanked the DILG secretary for his pledge of support to the city’s command center system to make the city disaster resilient. “I am very thankful because Sec. Sarmiento, who is continuing the “Daang Matuwid” program (of President Aquino), showed to the local government units (in the region) the various opportunities on how local chief executives can better the delivery of service to the public.”

She expressed elation that Sec. Sarmiento’s declaration of support to the city’s project forms part of the government’s program on security, health and education which is also in line with her administration’s thrust on SHE.

Under the P117-million project, the command center system will have integrated security surveillance, traffic management surveillance and mapping system, which can integrate digital radio communication system and other sensor or data such as GPS, river/rain sensors, GSM Text-Blast system, population, police, tourism, disaster-related data, and future citizen-participatory mobile apps.

The PPSP is similar to Erap’s Emergengy Response System in the City of Manila, 911 Central of Davao City and Makati City Command Center and forms part of Mayor Climaco’s vision to promote a smarter Zamboanga City.

Apart from presiding the turnover ceremony of police vehicles, Sec. Sarmiento also had the opportunity of meeting all local chief executives in region 9 in a meeting at the EAAB and the different law enforcement agencies under the DILG umbrella.  — Sheila Covarrubias