Bulacan holds Incident Command System workshop

February 13, 2012 12:25 pm 

MALOLOS CITY, Bulacan, Feb. 13 — Rescuers and social workers in the province are now equipped with more knowledge and skills on how to address emergency incidents.

This, after they recently underwent a 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.

Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado cited the need to educate Filipinos on how to handle emergencies as the country is prone to hazards due to geographical location and the effect of climate change.

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.

There is one of our preparations in times of calamities. Because of this workshop, concerned agencies understand more their responsibilities, Mungcal said.

Speakers include officials from Olongapo City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, and Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) fire department.

Also present during the event were Office of Civil Defense regional director Josefina Timoteo and Col. Joseph Bacareza, of the Bureau of Fire Protection.

Rudy Bartolome from Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council-Paombong town, 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, we saw those things mostly in movies but we did not even know that this integrated approach of response is ICS,” Bartolome said.

The module includes the Philippine Risk Reduction and Management System, principles and fundamentals of ICS, among others.

A total of 90 participants from the local Risk Reduction and Management Office, Social Welfare and Development Office and other partner agencies attended the 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 added. (PNA)

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