Davao mayor appoints new Central 911 head

DAVAO CITY – Mayor Sara Z. Duterte has appointed a tourism action man to replace a beleaguered retired colonel to temporarily head the operations of the city’s Central Communications and Emergency Response Center (Central 911).

Duterte said she is entrusting the responsibility to Emmanuel Jaldon, who will act as Central 911’s officer-in-charge, in replacement of Mario Verner Monsanto, who was ordered relieved effective March 12.

She said thay she found in Jaldon the capacity to handle and manage the 911 center, having been a dynamic action officer of the City Tourism Office.

Duterte is also creating a transition team that will be composed of professionals and experts on the fields of disaster management and Information Technology.

She said the main task of the team is to conduct an audit to look into the problems faced by the unit.

Among the consultants that Duterte has hired include Antonio Boquiren and an unnamed lady from the Business Product Outsourcing industry who will act as the city’s consultant for the Central 911’s call center.

Duterte  said the transition team has one month to come up with recommendation on how to effectively manage the Central 911 unit.

Monsanto was originally under the City Mayor’s Office even before the creation of the unit in 2002.

Duterte-Carpio said she ordered to recall Monsanto as the City Hall’s security officer.

The mayor said there is no specific unit under the CMO that Monsanto will head.

“Actually, I was expecting him to resign, but he didn’t, so I will recall him instead,” she said.

In an earlier interview, Monsanto said he has nothing against the mayor and vowed he will respect her decision.

He said he is happy in his almost a decade as Central 911 chief. (ASA)

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