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Isang tawag lang! Duterte wants dedicated communications line for gov’t agencies

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte directed the Department of Information and Communications Technology to establish a communication system that will streamline operations and enhance service delivery of all national government agencies.

“I suggest that there is one line for all government agencies including the Department of Defense. But another line for just the military and the uniformed police, meron silang sari — they have their own. But I think that we should, by this time, have one only para isang tawagan lang,” said Duterte during the command conference on typhoon “Ompong” in Camp Crame Thursday.

The system should be implemented “towards the end of the year,” he added.

“Gusto ko dalawa. Huwag mo pakialaman ‘yung military pati police because they have that one line. But they have to — they have… They can connect with the line for all departments. So kanya-kanya kayong ano may…” the President said.

Lamenting that extreme weather conditions disrupt cell phone services, Duterte stressed the importance of having an effective communication system in place.

“Ako, I prefer the itong radio pati… Ang cellphone pagka tinamaan ng bagyo, wala na eh. And I hate to say this, even during the operations of police, I don’t know about the military, they’ve been using itong cellphones. I’ve objected to that several times kasi you have your own radio communications and not relying sa… Unang-una naha-hack ‘yan. Pangalawa, you use it in operations and then they start to blow up the whole things there, ‘yung mga relay stations, maging inutil,” he said.

Overuse of cell phone can cause the device to overheat, warned the President.

“During a crisis actually, the truth is ‘pag napuno ‘yung tawagan, nag-o-overheat ang cellphone. ‘Di ka na makapasok. So it’s well-nigh impossible really to be — to say connectivity when there will be gap somewhere, interruptions. Kasi ‘pag napuno ‘yung linya, nagda-dial lahat. Just like ‘yung baha dito sa Marikina, it could no longer move forward, call, because of the lines were burning and cannot be used anymore,” according to him.

He reiteated that cell phone use cannot be depended upon during crisis situations.

“And I would advise each department to have one. ‘Yung ano lang para mabilis. And I would like to advise you again from my experience that during a crisis and a bedlam, you cannot rely on ‘yung cellphones ni… Hindi talaga pwede ‘pag… Mababara ka diyan. And time is of the essence, especially if it is a crisis — man-made or whatever,” Duterte said.