Senator Bong Go has filed a bill creating a 24-hour hotline for Filipinos so that emergency responders can attend to any needs immediately.
Go filed Senate Bill 394 or the proposed Emergency Medical Services System (EMSS) Act of 2019 to properly address the immediate concerns of Filipinos who encounter medical emergencies.
“It is high time for government to provide an effective and organized EMSS system. Dapat maging mabilis, maayos at maaasahan ang serbisyo ng gobyerno pagdating sa oras ng sakuna at iba pang medical emergencies,” he said.
Under the bill, all local government units are mandated to establish an emergency medical service system for their area of jurisdiction as well as dispatch centers and ensure the availability of adequate emergency transport vehicles or ambulances with qualified EMS personnel.
“Matagal na itong pangarap ng bawat Pilipino na magkaroon ng emergency number kung saan makakahingi tayo ng tulong mula gobyerno. Meron na tayong Emergency 911 hotline na itinatag ni Pangulong Duterte. Mas palakasin pa natin ito sa pamamagitan ng pag-institutionalize ng isang komprehensibo na Emergency Medical Services System,” he added.
Meanwhile, to complement this measure, Sen. Go also filed Senate Bill 400 or the Anti-Prank Callers Act of 2019 which prohibits mischievous or malicious telephone call made to trick or fool the person on the other line.
“Meron pa ring mga kababayan nating gumagawa ng prank calls sa mga hotlines natin. Dapat pong maitigil ang panlolokong ito, lalo na dahil sa bawat nasayang na oras dahil sa panloloko, buhay ng isang tao ang nakasalalay,” Go warned.
When enacted to law, penalties for the malicious acts range from arresto menor and a fine of P5,000 for the first offense to prision correccional and a fine of P20,000 for the third and succeeding offenses.