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4 villages to pilot emergency mobile application

CEBU, Philippines — Cebu City’s four barangays will soon use an emergency mobile application for faster response operations in their respective jurisdictions.

Barangays Tisa, Poblacion Pardo, Apas, and Sto. Niño have been selected as pilot areas for The Guardian, a dispatch and civilian reporting system developed by software firm SugboTek Inc.

Of the city’s 80 villages, the four barangays have fully functional and active command centers.

Tisa Barangay Captain and Association of Barangay Councils President Phillip Zafra said the emergency app aims to deliver faster response time in emergency cases like fire, medical help, and crime.

When an emergency takes place in Barangay Tisa, for instance, it will be the Tisa command center that will respond to it using its nearest and available emergency responders, and assets like fire truck in the case of fire, and ambulance in cases of medical help.

“It is very feasible and reliable gyud in terms sa emergency programs and operations sa barangay,” Zafra said.

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Unlike using the city’s 166 emergency hotline and other emergency hotline numbers available today, the mobile app is just one tap of a finger.

 “Nindot kaayo, mas paspas ang pagrespondi unya mas accurate ang area asa ta mo-response kay naa nga software nga maka-guide nato. Personalize namo sa barangay kay direkta mi makaestorya sa nireport maong dali makaresponse,” he said.

Zafra said the app will surely complement the city’s Command Control Center.

SugboTek president and chief executive officer Cloyd Dedicatoria said Guardian users will only have to report emergency cases with the tap of app on their internet-enabled mobile phones. The app has four icons, such as fire, crimes, emergency and call.

In response, Guardian will call back the user and through GPS can immediately locate the person who sought help.

"Basically we have analytics and machine learning so before maabot ang mobile assets we are already responding. We know what to bring, what to do at the scene," he said.

Dedicatoria is set to meet with the Metro Cebu Development Coordinating Board (MCDB) and other local government units, including Mandaue City to discuss the app.

At the present, the barangays’ responders and volunteers are still familiarizing the features of the app and how the system works.

The emergency disaster response app may be ready for download and use by Cebuanos starting January 2018, in time for the Sinulog festival. (FREEMAN)

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