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Bulacan holds Incident Command System workshop
By: PPAO
Monday, 13 February 2012
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READY FOR EMERGENCY. Participants from the local Risk Reduction and Management Office, Social Welfare and Development Office and other partner agencies in the province pose for a souvenir photo after completing the 3-day seminar-workshop on Basic/Intermediate Course on Incident Command System (ICS) last February 8-10, 2012 at the Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center, City of Malolos. Also in the photo are Dir. Josefina Timoteo, OCDR 3 Regional Director and Liz Mungcal, Executive Officer of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office. View Larger Image.
CITY OF MALOLOS-Rescuers and social workers in Bulacan are more empowered and knowledgeable with regard to addressing emergency incidents after completing the three-day workshop and seminar on Basic/Intermediate Course on Incident Command System (ICS), a systematic tool used for the command, control, and coordination of emergency response last February 8-10, 2012 at the Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center in this city.

Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado said Filipinos have always lived in harm’s way because of the country’s geographical location and other emerging hazards like climate change that is why there is really a need to know how to handle emergencies.

Liz Mungcal, Executive Officer of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) said the objectives of the course are to enhance understanding of ICS as a vital tool for effective disaster response, to familiarize with the concepts, organizations, features and terminologies of ICS, and to demonstrate knowledge of basic functions through exercises and discussion.

“Isa ito sa ating isinasagawang paghahanda para sa sakaling pagdating ng kalamidad. Dahil dito, mas maiintindihan ng mga concerned agency ang kanilang mga responsibilidad, mas magiging efficient at cost effective ang operation at maiiwasan ang duplication ng mga gawain. Documented ang lahat ng operation para kung may magtanong may maipapakita tayong documents,” said Mungcal.

Speakers include Subic Bay Metropolitan Fire Chief Ranny Magno, Angelito Layug and chief of operations and warning Jeffrey Lapid form Olongapo City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, and Noel Dacio from SBMA fire department. Also present to give talks were Director Josefina Timoteo, OCDR 3 Regional Director, and Col. Joseph Bacareza, Fire Senior Supt.-BFP.

Lapid said the purpose of ICS, using management best practices ensures the safety of responders and others, achievement of tactical objectives and efficient use of resources.

“ICS is flexible and can be used for incidents of any type, scope, and complexity. ICS allows its users to adopt an integrated organizational structure to match the complexities and demands of single or multiple incidents,” added Lapid.

Rudy Bartolome from MDRRMC-Paombong, one of the attendees said the course is really a big help for them to respond quickly and effectively to incidents.

“ICS is an interesting topic, the idea is not actually new to us, nakikita natin ‘yan mostly sa movies but we didn’t even know that this integrated approach of response is ICS,” added Bartolome.

The Module includes the Philippine Risk Reduction and Management System, Principles and Fundamentals of ICS, ICS Organization and Staffing, Incident Facilities, Organizing and Managing Incident Events, Delegation of Authority, Incident Resources and Resource Management, Incident and Event Planning, and Transfer of Command/Demobilization/Closeout.

A total of 90 participants from the local Risk Reduction and Management Office, Social Welfare and Development Office and other partner agencies attended the said seminar-workshop.

“ICS is used by all levels of government, using this for every incident or planned event helps hone and maintain skills needed for the large-scale incidents,” Mungcal ended.###

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