Members of the Executive Committee (ExeCom) of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 6 finished the Incident Command System (ICS) Executive Course designed for top-level managers.
The ICS is an on-scene, all hazard incident management concept introduced by the US Forest Service that can be used by all DRRM councils, and emergency and response agencies. It is a set of activities conducted as a quick and systematized response to disasters and calamities.

“All DILG personnel, from the executive to the grassroots position, should be knowledgeable on the ICS,” stressed Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda, DILG-6 Regional Director, during the activity held on October 26, 2017 at the Metro Inn, Bacolod City.

The DILG is the Vice Chairperson for Response of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

The one-day executive course covered five modules under the first component of the five-ladder complete ICS course, and was designed to enable the participants to develop understanding of the ICS as a tool for effective disaster response, and be knowledgeable on the overview of ICS, its background, concepts, principles and features, organizations, facilities and methodologies.

Twenty-six (26) members of the Executive Committee were trained on Executive ICS. Attending the activity with Dir. Nuyda were Asst. Regional Director Ma. Calpiza J. Sardua, and Provincial and City Directors. Division and Assistant Division Chiefs, Cluster Heads, Program Managers, and Regional Office Section Chiefs were also present during the course.

Cadres or experts on ICS certified by the NDRRMC served as resource persons during the learning event. They were Dr. Merijene C. Ortizo and Stephen John Faina of the local government unit of Bago, Negros Occidental; FSupt Pamela Rojane M. Candido of the Bureau of Fire Protection Region 6; Dir. Ma. Aletha A. Nogra of the Office of Civil Defense; and Radney Fabon of the Asian Psychological Services and Assessment (APSA).

The cadres took turns in discussing the five modules covered in the course, namely, (1) Introduction to ICS, (2) ICS Organization and Staffing, (3) ICS Incident Facilities, (4) Organizing Planned Events and Major Incidents and (5) Common Responsibilities.

They also applied practical approach to the lectures by sharing common experiences, challenges encountered and lessons learned in the actual implementation of the ICS.

Further, an open forum was conducted to address the participants’ questions and concerns with regard to system.

This is the second DILG Region 6-initiated ICS training for its personnel this year. Last September 9-11, 2017, a Three-Day Basic Incident Command System (ICS) for DILG Personnel was held in Iloilo City for Municipal and City Local Government Operations Officers in the Province of Capiz and the third cluster of the Province of Iloilo.

Further trainings on ICS are set by the Department to equip its personnel of pertinent knowledge and skills in the implementation of the system. (LGOO II Freda Mae L. Sorsano, DILG6)