Israeli envoy admires Davao City Central 911

One facility that caught the attention of Ambassador Ilan Fluss of the Embassy of Israel in Manila during his visit to Davao City is the Central 911 emergency response center.

The ambassador got a chance to visit Central 911 and its adjacent facility, the Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC) on Tuesday and said it was impressive.

“I visited the Davao City Central 911, which I think is very impressive. I went to PSSCC. It is impressive because you can coordinate with relevant emergencies, this is the same with Israel. In case of emergencies or natural disasters, there is coordination between different agencies, which is very important,” Fluss said in an interview on Wednesday.

Launched on September 27, 2002, the Davao City Central Communications and Emergency Response Center or the Central 911 is at the forefront of providing primary emergency response services which include medical assistance, search and rescue, fire auxiliary, and k-9 services for the residents of Davao City.

“I was impressed, number one, that you have such center which has the authority and is cooperating with other agencies. It’s not a question on technology but the approach and you have the right approach,” Fluss said.

Israel is a hub of innovation and technology and it is the vision of Fluss to bring more Israeli innovation and technology to the Philippines and to Davao City as well and share Israelis know-how with the Dabawenyos to help unleash their potential and to work together in maximizing that potential while using smart and innovative technology.

During Fluss and his delegation’s three-day visit to Davao City which started on November 23, 2021, he also met with Vice Mayor Sebastian “Baste” Duterte and the members of the City Council.

“I talked about the Israel-Philippines relationship, about my visit in Davao, and understand the situation in Davao City. I’m here to share, to listen, and see in what way we can work together,” he said.

Fluss was expecting to meet Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and talk about the relationship between Israel and the Philippines and Davao City as well.

He also attended a business forum with the officials and members of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc., (DCCCII) and the Tourism Destination Stakeholders/Investor’s Forum.

Included in his itinerary were inspection tours at the Southern Philippines Medical Center SPMC), TESDA Wangan National Agricultural School, Malagos Garden Resort Chocolate Factory and Cacao Farm, and the Philippine Eagle Foundation facility.

On October 6, 2020, the Honorary Consulate of Israel for Mindanao in Davao City was opened and conferred Jorge Narciso Marquez as Honorary Consul.

“Davao City is important and secondly, the embassy is trying to reach out to the community. We are not only focusing on Manila but Cebu and Davao also as these places are important to us,” Fluss said.

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