City improves capacity on managing disaster situations

In an effort to improve the capacity of local government units, the Provincial Government of Bohol hosted a one-day Incident Command System Executive Course (ICS EC) for Bohol Mayors.

Office of the Civil Defense Asst. Regional Director Engr. Vergel Balaba led the executive training course.Photo shows City Mayor John Geesnell Yap during the awarding of certificates with Gov. Edgar Chatto, Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Manny Piñol, and Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco.

The training gave an overview which was aimed to orient the Local Chief Executives of their roles during emergencies and disasters.

The activity serves to reinforce the Incident Command System Training among commanders and operators conducted last February among the key personnel of the Tagbilaran City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (CDRRM).

CDRRM Officer Gerard Lavadia said that ICS is an important tool to capacitate DRRM personnel.

“It is designed to equip local government units to heighten its vigilance in ensuring that disaster risks are prevented or minimized, it will prepare the team to adequately address and respond to the needs of the affected populace when disaster or emergencies occur”, stressed Lavadia.

Yap who prioritized the training amidst his busy schedule also echoed the same sentiment, “We should put high premium in disaster management. Trainings like these would increase the effectiveness of our disaster response, mitigating the occurrence of heavy casualties”.

During the joint meeting of the City Development Council and CDRRMC jointly chaired by Mayor Yap last week, a motion to formulate a supplemental Annual Investment Plan (AIP) was passed and approved en masse.

The AIP included the realignment of funds in the 20 percent development fund for roads and other infrastructure projects and the utilization of the CDRRM funds for an automated interactive and city-wide early warning system.

Yap said the utilization of this fund for infrastructure projects and disaster mitigation initiatives could help Tagbilaran to be more resilient and adaptive to the ever-changing conditions of the environment.

“If we could add more drainage system projects, floods would be minimized, then an efficient early warning system would definitely equip our constituents the necessary information to mitigate disaster risks. These initiatives would empower and capacitate us to better respond to various challenges and thereby channel our efforts towards sustainable development, said Yap.

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