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In the CDO’s disaster-reduction efforts, the communications infrastructure is critical.

CITY OF CAGAYAN DE ORO – The City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Department (CDRRMD) has been lauded for its performance thanks to an effective communications system.

CDRRMD officer-in-charge Nick Jabagat said the organization has updated its facilities and added additional people during the last nine years.

The active communication lines during disaster response are one of the CDRRMD’s most important aspects.

“We simply do not use social media. In addition, we put repeater satellites in settlements in the hinterland. These satellites would be used not just for disaster relief but also for peace and security communications “On Saturday night, he announced this during a webcast hosted by the Cabinet Officers for Regional Development and Security-10.

According to Jabagat, the city authority deputized focal persons to help 80 villages with disaster risk reduction messaging.

Emergency 911, which now has 15 state-of-the-art ambulances, is another important part of CDRRMD.

When President Rodrigo Duterte was still mayor of Davao City in 2002, the city was the first in the country to activate the 911 emergency hotline.

In October 2017, the city of Cagayan de Oro launched Oro Rescue 911, and in 2018, Duterte signed Executive Order No. 56, titled “Institutionalizing The Emergency 911 Hotline as the Nationwide Emergency Answering Point, Replacing Patrol 117.”

Emergency 911 national office executive director Diosdado Valeroso awarded Oro Rescues 911’s local call center the Notice of Activation or go live status last week.

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