BAGUIO CITY, April 13 (PIA) - The Office of Civil Defense Regional Office 1 recognized the 37 Basic Incident Command System (BICS) Training Course graduates held at the Brentwood Apartelle in Baguio City on April 5-7, 2017.
The participants were from the Regional and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council member-agencies and local government units.
Melchito Castro, regional director of OCD Region 1, said that ICS training course is just the first and basic course which is a prerequisite of the four complete courses - Course I – Basic ICS, Course II – Integrated Planning Course, Course III – Position Course, and Course IV – All-Hazard Incident Management Team Course. Added to this is the Training for Instructors General Course which gives opportunity for the completers to become “Cadre” or trainers.
These complete courses are designed to address natural and also human-induced disasters through the establishment of an effective and efficient response management system based on international standards.
Castro said that after the successful attempt in creating the first 40-member Regional Incident Management Team (RIMT) dubbed “SARIPDA” last December, OCD R1 managed to produce the first batch of ICS trainees for 2017 who were able to passed and complete the BICS course.
Castro urged all the participants to take the course seriously and finish the complete courses within one year to form the second batch of Region 1 Incident Management Team.
Meanwhile, Mike Sabado of OCD R1, emphasized that establishing RIMTs seeks to strengthen the regional capacity for disaster response in anticipation of disasters.
The IMT, one of the priority programs of the OCD, will be used as a tool for disasters and for local events and even big events that are national or international in scope like the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) where Philippines serves as the host this year.
Sabado also added that member-states of ASEAN and even the United States look up to the Philippines’ implementation of ICS and our “cadre” are sought for to conduct ICS trainings in foreign countries.
Resource speakers during the recent three-day training include division chiefs of OCD R1 together with Aries B. Aquino, MDRRMO of Bautista Pangasinan, Dr. Faustino L. Unabia Jr., Medical Officer IV of the Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center, ICS cadre, and members of SARIPDA RIMT. (JNPD/MPA/PIA-1,La Union)