To establish a more synchronized safety protocol, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) in coordination with Office of Civil Defense (OCD) III kicked off the first day in the basic Incident Command System (ICS) training course for the city government’s offices at Crown Royale Hotel on September 20.
The ICS is a management system that integrates a combination of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures, and communication operating within a common organizational structure. It is designed to enable effective and efficient domestic incident management.
The three-day seminar will mainly focus on the organizational structure of the system and its operations. City Administrator Rodolfo H. de Mesa welcomed the “Cadres,” or ICS instructors, who will teach delegates the eight (8) basic modules –from appointing suitable staff to incident planning and managing resources. Also, the training proper will include exercises to familiarize participants on the goals and objectives of the course.
Engr. Dennis Mariano of City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) stated that after completing the ICS training program, Balanga City expects a more resilient community during natural and human-induced disasters.
“Limang (5) levels [training courses] kasi ‘yan. This is the first level. Inuna namin ‘yung city council members para after nito, maibaba natin sa mga tao,” Engr. Mariano said.
Mike Kenneth Piluden, an ICS facilitator, mentioned that if all five levels were completed and the city activated the system, a clear chain of command would be evident that will lessen miscommunication.
Correspondingly, the city projects to adopt the complete ICS program in 2018. By: Kalvin Gerald S. Orgasan