Provincial Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo began Monday’s convocation, January 8, praising the Incident Management Team for speedy action and thorough incident management organization in their functions on the Incident Command Post that led to the efficient clean-up operations, retrieval operations, medical missions and relief distributions to areas badly hit by Tropical Storm Vinta last December 22, 2017.

The Governor as well formally introduced the new Officer in Charge of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, Mrs. Abeliza Manzano. Mrs. Manzano led the PDRRMO along with its municipal counterpart, the MDRRMO and the Emergency Response Units of each barangay as front-liners in the retrieval & clearing operations in constant coordination with the IMT that provides the essential resources.

Governor Angging created the Incident Management Team to respond to the on-scene disaster response and overall management of the aftermath of tropical storm Vinta as well as to amend the existing Incident Command System. The IMT is currently stationed in the Incident Command Post located at the 2nd floor of the Mindanao Civic Center Grandstand that will serve as the focal point in disaster response management.

The roles and functions of the Team are stipulated in Executive Order No. 18, Series of 2016 “An Order Creating the Provincial Incident Command System (PICS) Structure, Composition and Defining its Team Functions as an On-Scene Disaster Response and Management Mechanism, and is Activated only in Response to Disasters or Emergencies and Situation Approaching Crisis Level”. The IMT comprise of Head of Operations, Logistics, Finance and Planning Sections and shall assemble their corresponding offices/departments to support in their respective functions.

Governor Angging as well calls for unity among employees of the provincial government in times of disaster and support the people affected by the TS Vinta. The Provincial Governor assures that the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte is doing its very best to help its constituents with the support of 1st District Representative, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza Dimaporo and 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah ‘Bobby’ Dimakuta Dimaporo and the honourable members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

The people of Lanao del Norte is thankful to the efforts and immediate actions of Governor Angging and the Quibranza Dimaporo family, through their leadership, dedication and sincerity, the Province of Lanao del Norte will rise again from this tragedy. PIO-LDN