Once approved, City residents will be able to obtain free 24-hour medical emergency assistance during calamities, transportation of the sick, injured and victims of traffic accidents and other threats to life and limb.
This is in addition to the already existing 24-hour rescue units of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and City Bureau of Fire Protection by adding more specially trained personnel, ambulances and equipment.
Councilor Edgar P. Lentorio and Liga ng mga Barangay President Dionie Amores has introduced a proposed ordinance establishing and institutionalizing the Dumaguete City Medical Emergency Response Unit (DCMERU) with specially trained personnel and provided with adequate equipment and ambulances.
Councilors Lilani Ramon, Manuel Sagarbarria and Manuel Patrimonio have co-authored the proposed ordinance that aims to safeguard public health and ensure the physical well-being of the constituents by providing emergency rescue and transportation services, trained medical technicians and emergency 24-hour hotline.
The ordinance also mandates continuous training of the personnel of the DCMERU who must enter into a non-separation contract with the City Government in which those who completed the duly accredited trainings must stay in the service for at least 5 years in exchange of the training he/she has received at the expense of the LGU.
A DCMERU Operation Center shall be established that will receive and process all calls for emergency assistance and serve as the dispatching area for the response unit.
The Dumaguete City Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council shall be responsible in monitoring and act as executive oversight that will ensure that DCMERU is able to perform the functions assigned to the emergency unit.