Written by LGOO II Judy Mae T. Magdato
Category: News and Updates
Published: 24 May 2018
Four of the five covered Local Government Units (LGUs) in Region 6 were invited to attend the Basic Incident Command System Training (ICS) which is a component of the project geared towards a Disaster Resilient Community: Building the Operational Readiness of Riparian and Inland Communities in Western Visayas.
“This is part of a special project funded by DILG and the Local Government Academy (LGA) for Region 6. Only two regions were given funds for this with the objective of strengthening the operational readiness capacities of LGUs in facing disasters and climate change related hazards of the LGUs especially the 4th-5th class municipalities.” said DILG R6 Regional Director Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda, during the opening program on May 9, 2018. The training will run from May 9-11, 2018 at MO2 Westown Hotel, Iloilo City.
In attendance are the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers (MDRRMOs), Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators (MPDCs), Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers (MSWDOs), Municipal Engineers, Municipal Health Officers (MHOs), representatives from the Philippine National Police, Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (MLGOOs), Budget Officers and General Services Officers from the municipalities of Malinao, Aklan; Barbaza, Antique; Cuartero, Capiz and Sibunag, Guimaras.
Nationally certified trainers in ICS (ICS Cadres) were invited to give the participants a holistic view and practical application of the Basic ICS. The pool of speakers are composed of Mr. Gilbert Paul Valderrama of Philippine Red Cross, Mr. Romelo Aguilar of Bureau of Fire Protection, Mr. Joseph Paul Nogra, OCD VI Chief of Operations Section and speakers from DILG Region 6, LGOO VI Giselle Grace Gerial, LGOO IV Anthony Ian G. Andaleza and LGOO II Vicente Albert Aaron S. Andaya.
The training on Basic ICS has been identified as one of the operational readiness mechanisms needed by the LGUs. In its several application to various scenarios, ICS has been proven effective in managing potential and actual disaster consequences. The training is just one of the five components of the LGUs Operational Readiness in managing disasters.
According to DILG R6 DRRM Focal Person Giselle Grace Gerial, the pilot LGUs were chosen based on the following criteria: 4th-5th class municipality, non-Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) passer, hazard prone, committed to complete the project and willing to provide counterpart fund for the continuation of the project to the remaining barangays. The program strategy focuses on implementing measures as well as building institutional and policy capacity that promotes local government and community operational readiness to river flooding and landslide at the municipal level.
Two major hazards (river flooding and landslide) were taken into account in this project. In a region-wide survey administered by the Office of the Civil Defense and DILG in 2013 on the capacities to cope with the possible negative impacts of the major hazards, it was found out that 124 or 89% of the 139 LGUs are vulnerable to river flooding. This is attributed to the fact that 117 or 84% of the total LGU population in Western Visayas are primarily riparian in terms of geographical location.
Further, the results also showed that Region 6 LGUs are being affected by landslides with 90% of the LGUs from the 5th class category being affected and 76% of the 4th class municipalities also experiencing the same hazard. It can be gleaned from the results of the survey, that 4th to 5th class municipalities are highly vulnerable to the different hazards affecting the region. The results became the bases in the proposed interventions by DILG. (LGOO II Judy Mae T. Magdato, DILG6)