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PIA Press Release
2007/06/19

Remember 1684, OCD's hotline number

Tacloban City (June 19) -- The public will feel more secured that there is a hotline number they can call in case of disasters, both natural and man-made.

The Office of Civil Defense in Region 8 headed by Director Salvador Estudillo, announced that the public may call hotline number 1684 or the mobile telephone number 09209451685 in case of emergency or disaster.

They may also use these numbers for any queries regarding emergency situations, Director Estudillo said. The installation of the hotline numbers is part of the OCD's strengthening the communication and warning systems for quick response in times of disaster and calamities, Director Estudillo explained.

The Office of Civil Defense usually sends important weather bulletins, volcano activity, tropical cyclone alerts, flood watch, tsunami alert and earthquake information to local government units and heads of government offices. Often times the OCD also reacts promptly to emergency call for assistance.

Among the functions of OCD, Director Estudillo said, is to establish and administer a comprehensive national civil assistance program. It is tasked of formulating plans and policies for the protection and welfare of the civilian population in times of national emergencies. of equally grave character.

Director Estudillo exhorted the local government units and the general public to use the hotline landline and cellular mobile phone numbers to report disasters and calamities in their respective areas for prompt reaction and information dissemination.

OCD also estimates the total material, manpower and fiscal requirements for carrying out the civil defense program, and allocates to the provinces, cities, municipalities and barangays such aid in facilities, materials and funds as may be available from the national government.

OCD is also mandated to develop and coordinate a program for informing, educating and training the general public, members of the disaster coordinating councils and disaster control groups on civil defense and civil assistance measures, to furnish guidance to the various provinces, cities, municipalities and barangays in the planning, organization and operation of their civil defense organization; and to advise the secretary of national defense on matters concerning civil defense and make recommendations from time to time as may be deemed appropriate or as the secretary may require. (PIA 8) [top]

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