SAFEGUARDS are in place against hoax and malicious reports particularly bomb messages sent through the ‘Itaga mo sa Bato’ hotline launched officially on Monday by Philippine National Police chief, Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. de la Rosa, officials said yesterday.
As a counter-measure against hoax and malicious reports, apps were integrated with a registration module where responsible citizens will be registered, said PNP spokesman Senior Superintendent Dionardo B. Carlos.
The official said that reports from two registered numbers will be identified by the system and be given greater priority over reports from unregistered numbers that need to be validated. A compliance monitoring module is also available to monitor the compliance of the concerned offices in relation to the reports forwarded to them, Carlos said.
On Monday, Gen. de la Rosa led the launching of the mobile telecommunication application that can connect subscribers directly to an emergency hotline platform for quick response to emergency services.
The PNP, with telecommunication giants Smart and Globe, formalized a Memorandum of Agreement setting into motion a Police Quick Response System accessible through the mobile app “Itaga mo sa Bato”.
Gen. de la Rosa; Smart vice-president for public affairs Mon Isberto; and Globe Telecom general counsel, lawyer Vicente Froilan Castelo signed the joint accord during symbolic ceremonies in Camp Crame.
The ‘Itaga Mo Sa Bato App’ (PNP Reporting App)/ Police Quick Response System is intended to supplement the national Emergency Hotline 911, said Police-Community Relations Group director, Senior Supt. Gilberto DC Cruz.
These systems are mobile apps that will be installed in smart phones of residents in a community, he said.
The Itaga Mo Sa Bato App is a mobile android app that has accessible buttons, Cruz explained. The first button allows the users to send text reports via SMS or the Internet. The second button allows them to auto call Emergency Hotline 911.
For emergency situations where the victims don’t have the opportunity to make a call to Emergency Hotline 911, a press of a button of the Police Alert App will alert the server at the PNP Command Center indicating the nature of emergency, name and address of establishment, contact number of reporter, contact number of nearest police/fire station, and other vital information.
This information will allow the command center to quickly coordinate with the concerned authorities for the needed assistance, Cruz said.