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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Lapuyan town completes ICS training

By Gideon C. Corgue

PAGADIAN CITY – Elected municipal and barangays officials, department heads, representatives from business and religious sectors, and peoples organization of Lapuyan town completed the 3-day Basic Incident Command System (ICS) training held last May 18-21 at Four Queens Resort here.

The ICS is a standard, on-scene all hazard incident management system that enables various response groups to efficiently and effectively manage a single or multiple incidents or even a non-emergency or planned events.  It allows users to adopt an integrated organizational structure to match the complexities and demands of any situation without being hindered by agency or jurisdictional boundaries.

Engr. Angelito Casinillo, training officer of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD9) said the training sought to provide the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) with the necessary skills in managing emergencies to ensure that disaster risks and impacts are minimized, if not prevented, including natural and human-induced disasters.

Casinillo said the training comprised lectures on the ICS, its organization and staffing, ICS facilities, organizing and managing incidents and events, and other related topics and issues.

Mayor Daylinda Sulong in her message said “ICS training is very important saying that their municipality is vulnerable to natural disaster.”

“Importante gyud kaayo nga kaming mga opisyales ug kawani mopailawom ning maong pagbansaybansay tungod kay ang among lungsod dali ra matandog sa mga  kalamidad. Adunay duha ka mga suba nga naglatas sa mga barangays. Kung walay hunong ang pag-ulan moawas ang suba ug mokatag ngadto sa ubos nga mga barangay, Sulong explained.”

(It is very important that the officials and employees will undergo this training because our municipality is vulnerable to disasters. There are two bridges that traversed the barangays. During heavy rains, the river will overflow and spread to the low-lying barangays.)
“We should be ready at all times because our municipality has experienced flooding, dry spell, landslides, earthquake and human-induced disasters like massacre, and piracy, and others,” Sulong added.

Sulong made sure that the concepts and principles of ICS would be applied in their barangays and the same training be cascaded to the 26 Barangay DRRMCs and other emergency responders in the municipality.