PNP launches mobile app to report crimes, emergencies
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday, September 5, launched a mobile app that lets subscribers connect directly to an emergency hotline platform, allowing for faster responses to emergencies.
The app, called "Itaga mo sa Bato" works in tandem with a Police Quick Response System. The app (also known as the PNP Reporting App) and the Police Quick Response System are meant to augment the Philippines' 911 emergency services hotline.
In a statement, the Android app has a couple of main features. One button enables users to send text reports to the police, while another button is set for automatic calling of the 911 emergency hotline.
The app also has a Police Alert system in place. The alert system tells the PNP Command Center's server about the type of emergency, name and address of establishment, contact number of reporter, contact number of nearest police or fire station, along with other important pieces of information.
The information given will alllow the command center to coordinate with authorities in a particular location, such as the nearest police station, for the required assistance. In a Globe press release, the PNP also said Dela Rosa himself is able to monitor the reports and whether they are acted upon by the concerned police personnel.
Telecommunications companies Smart and Globe formalized a memorandum of agreement for the app and the quick response system. PNP Chief Police Director General Ronald M Dela Rosa; Smart VP for Public Affairs Mon Isberto; and Globe Telecom General Counsel Attorney Vicente Froilan Castelo, signed the joint accord at a symbolic ceremony in Camp Crame. – Rappler.com