BASIC Incident Command System (ICS) TRAINING

The Office of Civil Defense IV-A spearheaded a three-day Basic Incident Command System Training Course for the members of Batangas State University’s Incident Management Team on June 13-15, 2019 at BatStateU Pablo Borbon Main I, Batangas City. This aims to equip the members of IMT with the proper knowledge, skills and attitude essential for the application of basic concepts and principles of the Incident Command System.

The training had a total of eight modules which introduced the participants to the background of ICS, the roles and responsibilities of each member, and the basic ICS facilities. Likewise, the participants were also taught how to plan, manage, and assess situations or events using tactical actions for response.

The speakers who facilitated the training were EnP. Randy N. de la Paz, Chief for Capacity Building and Training Section, OCD IV-A; SFO3 Maria Soledad Amba-an, OIC Fire Marshal of the Municipality of Mulanay, Quezon; and CAPT Noemie G. Cayabyab of the Philippine Coastguard Southern Tagalog.

We envision a resilient Batangas State University”, said University President Dr. Tirso A. Ronquillo in his opening message as he discussed the significance of mandating Disaster Risk Management programs and activities in the academic community. He appealed to the participants to put commitment and dedication towards the said training as it can bring impact not only to the university but also to their families and homes.

Aside from interactive-lecture discussions, the training also enabled the participants to engage in structured learning exercises and demonstration allowing them to establish a strong sense of responsibility and teamwork.

The training was attended by the first batch of members from Pablo Borbon Main I and Main II campuses. The remaining batches are to undergo training later this month.

A series of training program is being implemented and facilitated by the BatStateU Center for Adaptive Capacity – building and Technology Innovation for Occupational hazards and Natural Disaster (ACTION Center) headed by Dr. Nickie Boy Manalo, in coordination with the Office of Civil Defense, reinforcing the University’s mandate on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM), with the Incident Management Teams (IMTs) of all the 11 campuses, being held at the CALABARZON Integrated Research and Training Center (CIRTC) Building, Batangas State University PB Main I Campus, Batangas City.

Envisioning a more pro-active IMTs on disaster preparedness in all campuses is what the ACTION center is eyeing for, hence, putting this blueprint into existence bolsters the University’s initiatives on disaster relief efforts. This Level II course on Integrated Planning Process enables the members of the IMTs to discuss, brainstorm, plan, and decide for operational activities prior to the response and allows effective collaboration among the members of the planning section.

This initiative of strengthening the disaster preparedness and response mechanism of the University will equip the participants with the knowledge, skills and attitude essential for the integration of the planning processes and requirements to be used in the University’s ICS Operations.