The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte through the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office headed by Ms. Abeliza Manzano in coordination with the Office of Civil Defense 10 conducts training for Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to the members of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council from October 7 to 9, 2019 at A&A Parklane, Tubod, Lanao del Norte.

EOC is the facility that manages the interoperability between the “force-provider” which is the Response Clusters, and the Incident Command System, the “force-employer.”

ICS is a standard, on-scene, all-hazard incident management concept that can be used by all response groups. It improved the activities of responders particularly in ensuring accountability, facilitating proper resource management, and promoting safety, while the Response Clusters shall serve as the operating mechanism to provide widespread support in terms of resources pooling and mobilization for massive humanitarian assistance and disaster response services.

Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo supports all training and seminars initiated by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office to members of the PDRRMC including the municipality’s DRRM officers to enhance knowledge, attitude and skills required in the effective operationalization and management of the DRRM system.

The Provincial Chief Executive encouraged participants to reecho what they have learned in the training in order to better serve the residents of their respective municipalities. The Governor as well shared her personal thoughts on why such training is conducted with the primary purpose to protect lives and preserve people’s properties.

“This training is not for you to keep. The knowledge that you learned here should be shared with your colleagues and to serve its purpose of saving lives and properties. We are public servants and it is our duty to serve what is best for the people. We owe so much to the people and it is rightful to serve them with sincerity and utmost respect.”

The three-day training covers 8 Modules. Module 1: Introduction to EOC-this module is an introduction of the EOC, its legal mandate, and role in the broader spectrum of the Philippine DRRM system; Module 2: EOC Operations-This module highlights how to operationalize an EOC, including the relationship between the EOC staff, including clusters, and Incident Management Teams; Module 3: EOC Organization and Staffing-This module discusses the considerations for staffing and organizing an EOC in accordance with the principles of ICS, and considerations for EOC staffing and stress management; Module 4: EOC Facility Design and Requirements-This module highlights the essentials in establishing the EOC as a facility as well as other building requirements; Module 5: EOC Communication Requirements-This module covers the primary requirements for EOC communications and common communication technologies; Module 6: EOC Information Management-This module highlights how to determine EOC information needs, the importance of information management systems, and meeting public information demands; Module 7: EOC Planning Process-This module underscores the importance of action planning to achieve EOC priorities; and Module 8: EOC Readiness-This module highlights key recommendations on ensuring the capability readiness of an EOC as part of the ways ahead.

The training was facilitated by Mr. Patrick Alain S. Callanta, Operations Section Chief-OCD 10; Mr. Jesse Jim A. Fajardo, Technical Support-OCD 10; and Mr. Leonilo P. Tandog, Jr., Municipal Department Head-MDRRMO, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur. PIO-LDN