The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office Caraga conducted the Incident Command System Executive Course for its heads of offices at the Grand Palace Hotel, Butuan City, last January 21, 2020.
The course aims to impart knowledge, skills and develop positive attitude in the application of the general concepts and principles of ICS from a manager’s/supervisor’s standpoint.
On the 27th of May 2010, the Philippine government enacted Republic Act (RA) 10121, otherwise known as the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Law.
It is a proactive approach to manage the disaster consequences and reduce disaster risks by institutionalizing several mechanisms. Among these is the Incident Command System (ICS).
The ICS is a standard, on-scene, all-hazard incident management concept introduced by the US Forest Service that can be used by all DRRM Councils, emergency management and response agencies. It is a disaster response tool that coordinates the actions of all response groups.
ICS has been proven effective in managing potential and actual disaster consequences. It has significantly enhanced the mechanisms for resource management, reporting and documentation, promotion of responder safety, and optimum achievement of response objectives as evident in past major disaster response operations to include management of planned high-density population gatherings.
The Disaster Response Management Division (DRMD) of DSWD collaborated with the Office of Civil Defense on the conduct of the said one-day training. This was specifically designed for office executives to understand and fully acknowledge the need to prepare an ICS even during planned events.
The identified participants for the training are the Regional Management Development Committee (RMDC) members of DSWD FO Caraga, composed of the Regional Director, Assistant Regional Director for Operations, Assistant Regional Director for Administration, Division Heads, Section/Unit Heads and other executive officers.