The Office of Civil Defense IV-A spearheaded a three-day Basic Incident Command System Training Course for the members of Batangas State University’s Incident Management Team on June 13-15, 2019 at BatStateU Pablo Borbon Main I, Batangas City. This aims to equip the members of IMT with the proper knowledge, skills and attitude essential for the application of basic concepts and principles of the Incident Command System.
The training had a total of eight modules which introduced the participants to the background of ICS, the roles and responsibilities of each member, and the basic ICS facilities. Likewise, the participants were also taught how to plan, manage, and assess situations or events using tactical actions for response.
The speakers who facilitated the training were EnP. Randy N. de la Paz, Chief for Capacity Building and Training Section, OCD IV-A; SFO3 Maria Soledad Amba-an, OIC Fire Marshal of the Municipality of Mulanay, Quezon; and CAPT Noemie G. Cayabyab of the Philippine Coastguard Southern Tagalog.
“We envision a resilient Batangas State University”, said University President Dr. Tirso A. Ronquillo in his opening message as he discussed the significance of mandating Disaster Risk Management programs and activities in the academic community. He appealed to the participants to put commitment and dedication towards the said training as it can bring impact not only to the university but also to their families and homes.
EnP. De la Paz, on the other hand, acknowledged the university’s efforts in prioritizing disaster preparedness. He has stated that BatStateU is the first state university in the region to conduct such training based on their regional database of records.
Aside from interactive-lecture discussions, the training also enabled the participants to engage in structured learning exercises and demonstration allowing them to establish a strong sense of responsibility and teamwork.
The training was attended by the first batch of members from Pablo Borbon Main I and Main II campuses. The remaining batches are to undergo training later this month.