DAVAO CITY WORST HIT IN CASE OF MAGNITUDE 8.3 EARTHQUAKE

PHIVOLCS WARNS ANEW OF ‘KILLER QUAKE’ BY ROGER M. BALANZA If it stages a comeback, the Magnitude 8.3 killer quake that hit the Davao Region and killed more than 500 people nearly a century ago would cause much heavier damage today in Davao City because of its population, geological foundation and physical development.      On the whole, the quake would leave a swathe of devastation accross  the Davao Region. Davao City has its 911 Emergency Central with expensive and  sophisticated disaster response trained emergency personnel. Central 911 chief Emmanuel Jaldon said nobody is completely prepared to cope up with damage of … Continue reading DAVAO CITY WORST HIT IN CASE OF MAGNITUDE 8.3 EARTHQUAKE

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Davao City disaster team on alert due to tropical cyclone Caloy

 The Davao City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DCCDRRMO) has alerted all residents living in mountainous and low-lying areas in the city as tropical cyclone “Caloy” approaches Davao City. Based on weather forecast from Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical … Continue reading Davao City disaster team on alert due to tropical cyclone Caloy

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20,000 SOUGHT HELP OF DAVAO CITY 911 INFIRST QUARTER OF 2011

By Roldan G. Gorgonio Davao City’s Central 911 Call Center has registered a total of 20,009 calls in three months from January or an average of 167 calls a day, with law enforcement emergency on top with 13, 966 calls. Central 911 chief operating officer Colonel Verner Monsanto in his report said that of the total calls, only 13, 571 were responded.  “The variance of 32.1 percent is attributed to cancelled, false alarm, or  prank calls, multi-caller incidents, and calls that were referred to other agencies”, Monsanto said. He said, calls are categorized into law enforcement emergencies, medical emergencies, search … Continue reading 20,000 SOUGHT HELP OF DAVAO CITY 911 INFIRST QUARTER OF 2011

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Discipline, Emergency Communication Keys to Disaster Risk Reduction

By Roldan G. Gorgonio Central 911 Chief Operating Officer Mario Verner Monsanto, while convinced that Davao City is not prepared for any kind of tsunami, cited discipline and trust to emergency communication as keys to avoid injury or casualty.In an interview, Monsanto bared people living in coastal areas to immediately vacate to higher grounds when the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) sends them tsunami alerts. “We have a warning system. It is scientific. It comes from PHIVOLCS. People must heed to this warning”, Monsanto said.  Monsanto noted that Davao City was hit by local tsunamis in the past … Continue reading Discipline, Emergency Communication Keys to Disaster Risk Reduction

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Duterte, 911 chief gets top UN award

            Mayor Sara Duterte and Davao City Central 911 chief operating Verner Monsanto are recipients of an award from the United Nations.             Duterte and Monsanto received last week the award “Order of the Knights of Saint Gabriel” from Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary national chief-of-staff Commodore Jose Ramon Morono. Also given the award was PCG commandant Admiral Wilfredo Tamayo.             Morono, who presided over the induction at City Hall of Mayor Duterte as Captain of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Auxiliary District-Southeastern Mindanao, said the award recognizing Central 911 made the city unique that even drew the recognition of the … Continue reading Duterte, 911 chief gets top UN award

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CENTRAL 911: A Duterte legacy

By SATUR P. APOYON DAVAO CITY—Aside from “People’s Park”, the establishment of Central Communications and Emergency Response Center or 911, for short, is another great legacy of Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte as soon as he bows out as Davao City’s longest serving city executive in two consecutive terms since January 18, 1988 on June 30, this year. Patterned after Canada and the United States of America, the unit under the Davao City Disaster Coordinating Council has been operating since September 2002, second year of his fourth term following a single term in the House of Representatives representing the city’s first … Continue reading CENTRAL 911: A Duterte legacy

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Davao City Hall to scrap fuel aid to police

Duterte tells cops to use feet in anti-crime campaign By ROGER M. BALANZA With price of gasoline zooming up, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said he may have to stop financial subsidy to the Davao City Police. City Hall regularly grants fuel subsidies to the local police mobile force on top of providing city-paid civilian drivers for a fleet of cars also bought by the city government for the police. Duterte said with lack of subsidy, some policemen may have to go on foot patrol, which he said should be good for the health. Now they will have to be … Continue reading Davao City Hall to scrap fuel aid to police

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Davao City 911 clone

Copycat Digos City to create own 911 center               Digos City is setting up its own emergency response center, the first city in the Davao Region to copy Davao City’s famed 911 Emergency Center.             Mayor Arsenio Latasa said he is still looking for a name to pin on the project for a little bit of originality even as he admits he was inspired by Davao City’s 911.             We are developing a concept for the project, that would be patterned after that of Davao City, he said.             Latasa said he was inspired to copy 911 due to … Continue reading Davao City 911 clone

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