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Tinglayan strengthens disaster-preparedness skills thru Incident Command System Course


Tinglayan, Kalinga – With the goal of building a disaster-prepared and resilient community, the Local Government Unit of Tinglayan continues to provide training not only to its residents but also to personnel of various national-line agencies in the municipality.

 

The municipality concluded on Tuesday, February 27th, the Integrated Planning Course on Incident Command System (IPICS), dedicated to those who have completed the basic level of the said course.

 

While there were 23 graduates in 2023, Larae Lactao of the Municipal Information Office revealed that only 15 individuals continued in the training this year.

 

These are the focal personnel from various offices of Tinglayan LGU, Bureau of Fire Protection, Tinglayan Municipal Police Station, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, and the Department of Education.

 

During the training, participants were educated on the comprehensive curriculum of the course, emphasizing the crucial aspects of the incident command system.

 

The course comprises seven modules, which include the overview of the planning section; forms, documents, and supplies; planning section chief; resource and demobilization unit leader; situation unit leader; documentation and transfer of command, demobilization, and close-out.

 

While Republic Act (RA) 10121, also known as the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) law, mandates the capacitation of these personnel, the ICS is a hazard management system that mobilizes them and other concerned individuals to respond promptly in times of disasters.

 

It also has an organizational structure whose role is to deal with all levels of emergencies.

 

In ICS, there is also a hierarchy of authority allowing for flexibility in handling incidents depending on their severity. It likewise provides a step-by-step procedure in dealing with disasters, instructions to follow in allocating resources when needed, and methods to respond correctly throughout its several phases.

 

With the training, it showed the local government’s commitment to advancing disaster response, especially since Tinglayan is prone to disasters given its type of landscape.

 

To recall, students, volunteers, and private individuals have been continuously trained by the LGU in first aid and basic life support training as part of their target of developing a disaster-prepared community.

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