BONTOC, Mountain Province – The municipal government through the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, in coordination with the Office of Civil Defense-Cordillera Administrative Region (OCD-CAR), recently conducted the All-Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT) training on November 21-25, 2022 at the Samoki Valley Inn and Restaurant Bontoc, Mountain Province, the last level of the Incident Command System (ICS) participated in by a total of 13 members of the Bontoc MDRRM Council thereby completing all levels of the ICS.
It can be recalled that the first level of this ICS training course was done in 2018, and in 2020 after which the higher levels of this ladderized course was continued this calendar year.
Trainers of the AHIMT were all members of the Cordillera ICS cadre composed of Guadaliva Panitio (OCDCAR), TSG Jake Belino (Tactical Operations Group 1, Philippine Air Force), CG PO1 Peter Paul Ngalew (Philippine Coast Guard), and Ms. Meilynne Shalom Ayan (MDRRMO)
MDRRM officer Johanna Padaen extended her utmost gratitude to the OCD-CAR under the leadership of Regional Director COMMO Albert A Mogol and through its Capability and Training Section, Chief Engr. Jose Ignacio Valera for their all-out support in the completion of these 4 levels of ICS training course.
Likewise, Mayor Jerome “Chagsen” Tudlong, Jr., extended his sincerest appreciation to the said agency for their unwavering support to the implementation of the Bontoc MDRRMOs programs and activities.
Both Tudlong and Padaen congratulated the ICS survivors for showing their eagerness, determination and dedication to finish the training course. Further, they encouraged the completers to practice what they have learned and guide the Bontoc MDRRMC members during activation of the ICS in the municipality.
Meanwhile, the trainers mentioned that the collaboration of different concerned agencies and stakeholders will pave the way for a more resilient Bontoc.
The following topics were discussed: Introduction to All-hazards incident management team; Incident management team (IMT) transition and management; IMT positions and functions (Incident Commander and its command and general staff); Team dynamics and decision making; Planning process and Operational period briefing. By Meilynne Shalom Ayan & Christy Mae Che-es