June 23, 2024

City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) chaired by Mayor Benjamin Magalong approved a resolution adopting the Incident Command System (ICS) as part of the city’s on-scene all-hazard response mechanism and events management.
The unanimous nod was given during the CDRRMC’s meeting on March 2 co-presided by city mayor’s office chief of staff and CDRRMC Action Officer Felipe Puzon and CDRRM Office Head Antonette Anaban.
Anaban said the establishment of ICS is in line with the policy of the State to develop, promote, and implement effective disaster management that aims to strengthen the capacity of local government units and partner stakeholders to build disaster-resilient communities.
“It also institutionalizes arrangements and measures for reducing disaster risks, projected climate risks and enhancing disaster preparedness and response capabilities at all levels of DRRMCs, including public and private sector agencies,” she added.
Her office, in coordination with the Office of Civil Defense-Cordillera, continuously conducts ICS training and capacity building for the CDRRMC member-agencies.
The approved measure states the implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act 10121 or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010, provides the implementing guidelines on the use of ICS as an on-scene disaster response and management mechanism under the Philippine DRRM System. – Gaby B. Keith