Some members of the ICS SANDIGAN Class 2019-01 pose with guests after the graduation ceremony.
PILI, CAMARINES SUR -- Forty-two active members of the Camarines Sur Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) graduated from the Incident Command System (ICS) training, sponsored by the provincial government of Camarines Sur on Friday, Jan. 24.
The simple graduation ceremony, which took place at the Villa Del Rey Conference Room in the Camarines Sur Capitol Complex here, was attended by Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Bicol regional director and RDRRMC chaiperson Claudio L. Yucot, who was the guest speaker.
Yucot congratulated the graduates who completed the 4th level ICS training course dubbed AHIMT or the All-Hazards Incident Management Team course, which exposed the participants to various scales of incidents, disasters and even planned events.
“Not everyone is given the privilege to undergo the ICS courses, more so become cadres in the future. So, if you think you have the quality of being an incident commander or implement the rules of ICS, then by all chance, be one of the active ICS practitioners. With various disasters simultaneously happening, I think we need more ICS practitioners to help us save lives,” Yucot said.
ICS Sandigan Class 2019-01 consisted of representatives from various government agencies mostly from the Philippine Information Agency-Camarines Sur Provincial Office, Philippine Army, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Philippine National Police (PNP),Department of Health (DOH), Department of Social Welfare and Development, Environment, Disaster Management and Emergency Response Office (EDMERO), Department of Education (DepEd), and MDRRMOs from local government units among others.
Members of civil society organizations, mostly from communications groups and disaster response volunteers were also part of the training.
AHIMPT, the ICS 4TH level training course, aside from familiarizing the responders to all types of hazards like earthquakes, typhoons, floods, chemical spills, HAZMAT (Hazardous Materials) situations, terrorist activities, civil disturbances and disease outbreaks, aims to strengthen command, control and coordination function of the responders representing their respective agencies.
The 4-week training course was facilitated by expert cadres as resource persons:
BGen Peale Jon L. Bondoc, 9th Infantry Division Assistant Commander, Phil. Army, F/SInsp Peterpaul Mendoza and F/Insp. Jeremias Mota Jr., both from BFP, retired Navy Captain Edgardo Guevarra, Ms. Elaine Mata, and Office of Civil Defense Region 5 Capacity Building Training Service chief, Neil Dianela.
Republic Act (RA) 10121, otherwise known as the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) law was born out of the necessity to establish an efficient and effective response system that is expected to manage and lessen the risk and negative consequences of disasters to lives and properties.
As the law mandated the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) to establish ICS in the country. (LSMacatangay-PIAV/Camarines Sur)