Emergency hotline

July 19, 2019

THROUGHOUT the year, natural and man-made disasters, including vehicular accidents, claim the lives of many people not only in the Metropolitan Manila (MM) area but elsewhere.

It is no wonder, therefore, that Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go now wants to institutionalize an emergency medical services system to respond to the people’s emergency needs.

Citing the need for a 24-hour emergency hotline in the Philippines, Go filed Senate Bill (SB) No. 394, otherwise known as the “Emergency Medical Services System (EMSS) Act of 2019.

The neophyte but workaholic solon said it’s time to provide an effective and organized EMSS to properly address the immediate concerns of people who encounter medical emergencies.

“Dapat maging mabilis, maayos at maaasahan ang serbisyo ng gobyerno pagdating sa oras ng sakuna at iba pang medical emergencies,” according to Go in his SB No. 394.

He added: “Meron na tayong Emergency 911 hotline na itinatag ni Pangulong Duterte. Mas palakasin pa natin ito sa pamamagitan ng pag-institutionalize ng isang komprehensibo na EMSS.”

The EMSS is seen to give concerned government offices and agencies the necessary tools and capabilities to respond to all medical emergencies encountered by Filipino families.

The proposed law mandates all local government units (LGUs) to set up an EMSS in their area of jurisdiction as well as dispatch centers where people can call in case of an emergency.

Certainly, Go deserves a round of applause for paying attention to people who encounter medical emergencies.

Indeed, the former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) is slowly emerging as the “Action Man” of the crusading Duterte administration, which ends at 12 noon on June 30, 2022.