ANGELES CITY - The city government led by Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has formally inaugurated the Angeles City Agyu Tamu Emergency and Disaster Command Center (ACATEDCC), Wednesday at the City Hall.
The P70-M ACATEDCC serves as an integrated department of coordinating bodies on matters of public safety, emergency response, and law enforcement. It is powered with the latest technologies from the leaders in information and telecommunications equipment and services, Huawei and Converge ICT Solutions.
According to Mayor Pamintuan, the facility is the first of its kind in the province, if not the region, that is designed to monitor real-time activities in the vicinity, particularly the streets of Angeles City.
Housed inside the former Sangguniang Panlungsod Session Hall, Pamintuan sees the ACATEDCC as an additional aid in furthering the city’s programs on traffic management, disaster mitigation, and crime reduction.
“This command center aims to help ease the Peace and Order situation of the city which will suppress, solve, and reduce criminal activities, monitor the traffic conditions, and give quick response to emergencies and disasters,” said Mayor Pamintuan.
ACATEDCC is equipped with the latest technologies in surveillance as it features more than 87 high-definition closed circuit television (HD-CCTV) cameras with facial recognition technology, night vision capabilities, zoom-in and zoom-out features, and other modern technical specifications that can provide clear visuals even in low light conditions.
The command post also utilizes an intelligent video analytic software which allows the local government to closely monitor movements in main road networks, intersections, entries and exits to the city, highly populated areas like schools, business centers, religious centers, public markets, government buildings, and the heritage district on a 24/7 basis.
Not less than 20 well-trained personnel, IT specialists, and technical administrators are assigned to man the command center through shifting.
Dennis Uy, Chief Executive Officer of Converge ICT Solutions, who was born and raised in Angeles City stated that the project is his way of paying back and sharing his resources and expertise to the people of Angeles. Uy promised further that he will, in the near future, connect all the 33 barangays to the internet and will roll down new facilities to provide faster but cheaper internet service.
“This is my way of giving back to the city. I pledge my full support to Mayor Pamintuan in making Angeles the next “Smart City” in the country through the use of the best technology from Converge,” Uy said.
In his capabilities as the National President of the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP), Mayor Pamintuan wants the project to be replicated throughout the country as he urged neighboring towns and cities to also build their own command center.
“We should not discount public safety and order especially now that we are experiencing security crisis. If this would be imitated by the cities, the country will have a stronger and efficient method in solving and preventing crimes and misconduct.
Among those who attended the inauguration were Clark Development Corporation Chairman Jose De Jesus, Clark International Airport Corporation Chairman Alexander Cauguiran, PRO-3 RD PCSupt. Aaron Aquino, Mayors Oscar Malapitan of Caloocan, Cris Garbo of Mabalacat City, Nestor Alvarez of Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija; Ambrocio Cruz of Guiguinto, Bulacan; Jopet Inton of Hermosa, Bataan and Rolen Paulino of Olongapo City. Huawei Technology Phil. President Jacky Gao also graced the occasion. The inauguration was capped with a tour of the facility led by Pamintuan and Dennis Uy, with an actual simulation exercise organized by the Angeles City Police Office.