By Jade C. Zaldivar
Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has reversed her earlier appointment of a new Central 911 officer in charge (OIC).
The mayor clarified during an executive meeting of department heads and consultants held Sunday evening where it was decided to assign a team of consultants led by someone from the mayor’s office to oversee operation of Central 911.
Duterte-Carpio last Friday revealed her plan for Central 911, the city’s emergency response unit, to undergo extensive audit during which a ‘transition team’ will take over.
Heading the ‘transition team’ is newly appointed Central 911 OIC Emmanual Jaldon, former City Tourism action officer.
Jaldon was formerly a top executive of Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines before he was appointed a co-terminus employee of former city mayor, now vice mayor, Rodrigo Duterte under the City Tourism Office.
“He has background in management. He was action officer, then he was recalled as employee of the city mayor’s office. Okay ang iyang performance,” Duterte-Carpio said.
The mayor clarified her earlier reported appointment of Pepito Capili, saying the latter will maintain his position as officer in charge of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, a unit under Central 911.
Duterte said Jaldon will be backed by two consultants, one to oversee operation for emergency medical services while one will focus on Central 911’s call center.
To oversee the emergency medical services is Antonio Boquiren, presently chief of staff of the 22nd Infantry (Ready Reserve) Division, Army Reserve Command of the Philippine Army; technical consultant, Human Resource and Organizational Development of the Office of Davao Oriental Governor Corazon; and part-time faculty of the School of Business and Governance of Ateneo de Davao University.
Boquiren was a professional management practitioner for 29 years, from 1970 to 1999, and had worked for seven private companies (two American-owned, and one Filipino conglomerate) in six industries (electronic data processing, pharmaceutical sales, consumer goods marketing, industrial equipment marketing, transport leasing, corporate security/executive protection).
He started consultancy work from 1999 to the present involving implementing rules and regulations of the Watershed Code; the Traffic Code of Davao City under Councilor Pilar Braga; and the Solid Waste Management of Dagupan City.
Mayor Duterte-Carpio said she cannot yet announce the consultant assigned to the Central 911 call center as the person has not yet confirmed her appointment.
“Among others naay problem sa call center, so there will be one consultant assigned there. But she has not yet given her confirmation so dili pa nako masulti ang pangalan,” she said.
The mayor said an audit of the Central 911 is needed to pinpoint its deficiencies and to verify complaints.
“Well, actually there were all kinds of problems. I asked the team how we were going solve the and we agreed there should be an audit. Only then can we know the expanse of problems so we can start fixing them,” Duterte-Carpio said in the dialect.
“There will be an audit of everything: finance, budget, management, equipment, personnel, among others. This will be done by a third party, preferably from the academe so there’ll be no bias. There might be issues on impartiality should the auditing team come from the mayor’s office,” she added.
The auditing team will be given one month to finish while a meeting will be held by the appointed transition team and Central 911 personnel.
“We intend to talk to all 911 personnel on Wednesday. Itapok silang tanan,” she said.
Among the things that cropped up during an executive meeting held, the mayor said the body discovered that “there is no law creating the 911.”
“During the discussion it turned out na walay basis ang creation sa 911. There’s no law. There’s never been any paper creating the 911. What everyone knows is that it’s a unit under the city mayor’s office,” she said.
The Central 911 is “neither an office or a department, she bared”
“Karon ginapangita nako tanan, unsa pagsugod, kanusa nag-sugod katong agreement with Globe and Smart. It turns out nga ,well na-create siya, then ni-dako nga ni-dako ang unit. Hangtod nagbuhat sila ilahang structure diha sa SIR, hangtod nagbuhat sila ug chief operations officer,” she said.
She added that “every problem will come out once the auditing is finished.”
Asked if she would want the Central 911 to become an institution, the mayor concurred.
“It will be for the best kung ma-institutionalize gyud para naa tay reference date for operation and naka-specify ang function on paper,” Duterte-Carpio said.
“If it’s a matter of legislation then we will refer it to the City Council,” she added.