Guide on Philippine National Emergency Hotline Number Observed in the Philippines Since 2016
PHILIPPINE NATIONAL EMERGENCY HOTLINE NUMBER – Here is the national hotline set for emergencies in the Philippines.
Under the term of Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, a lot of bills were passed and a lot of executive orders were released. Among the latter is the E.O. No. 56 which seeks the installation of a new emergency hotline number in the country.
Based on an article on Rappler, the said Executive Order was issued on July 2016. It mandates the institutionalization of the 911 as the Philippine national emergency hotline number.
The move replaced the Patrol 117 as the national emergency contact number in the country.
Based on the order released by the Office of the President, the changing of the national emergency contact number in the Philippines from Patrol 117 to Emergency 911 is in line with international and national concerns including:
- the pursuit to meet the “international standards on emergency numbers for public telecommunication networks”; and
- to improve the public safety services in the country.
It was specifically on July 20, 2016 when the Executive Order No. 56 was issued by the Office of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
Based on the report, the primary responders to calls to the national emergency hotline number in the country are the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Calls to 911 are reportedly free of charge. With regards to the 911 local call center of the local government units, the Executive Order also mandated for its creation using the funds of the LGUs.
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