CEBU – The Office of Civil Defense (OCD)-Central Visayas Region sponsored three simultaneous Basic Incident Command System (ICS) Trainings for all Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Officers in the region together with representatives from National Government agencies and private entities on Aug. 16-18, 2016 at Bayfront Hotel, Cebu City.
A total of 116 participants successfully completed the course and received certificate of completion.
The lessons from the past incidents served as a wake-up call not just for the region but also for entire country to institutionalize ICS as a standard, on-scene, all-hazard incident management concept that can be used by all DRRM Councils, emergency management and response agencies.
In addition, it is a disaster response tool that coordinates the actions of different groups by blending their complex organizational structures.
Personnel from OCD led the instructors composed of personnel from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Bureau of Fire Protection, Department of Health and Philippine Coast Guard in handling and facilitating the said capacity-building initiative.
Through classroom discussions and sharing of experiences and the conduct of activities, the participants were able to demonstrate knowledge on the functions of ICS not only for managing incidents but also for planned events.
One of the highlights of the said training was the formulation of Incident Action Plan (IAP), which is considered as the bible of ICS. The groups finally performed the Operational Period Briefing using their respective IAPs.
Those who completed the course will qualify to the next level of ICS training, which is the Integrated Planning Course. (Tashuana Alemania, OCD-Central Visayas)
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