The DILG-ARMM, thru two of its representatives, Majaramir Y. Sumail, Regional Information Officer, and Pablan Alih, MLGOO V of Basilan, participated in the Incident Command System Training Level 1 and 2, upon the invitation of ARMM-HEART in partnership with ARMM-HDAP, which was held at Seda Abreeza Hotel, Davao City, on November 4-14, 2016.

The training was attended by the Municipal Disaster Risk and Reduction Officers (MDRRMOs) from the provinces of Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi, together with the different representatives of the regional agencies of ARMM.

The objectives of the activity were: (a) to enhance understanding of Incident Command System (ICS) as a vital tool for effective disaster response; (b) to provide an overview of ICS, its background, concepts, principles and features, capabilities, organization, facilities and common terminologies; and (c) demonstrate knowledge on basic ICS functions through exercises and class discussion context.

In Introduction to ICS, the resource person for this module session was able to explicate the importance of developing the ICS that will effectively address the occurrence of incident/disaster. He reminded the participants that establishing ICS will help the responder to effectively respond to the incident/disaster.

Different workshops were conducted to make the participants be familiarized on the proper way of approach technique during an on-scene incident and the filling up of important data in the varieties of ICS forms.

Regarding ICS Organization and Staffing, the Resource Speaker for the session expounded the role of the Incident Commander and the different section chiefs, branch directors, supervisor and leaders in the ICS. The Resource Speaker differentiated the role of the assisting and coordinating agencies in the emergency and humanitarian responses.

ICS facilities were presented. The speaker explicated considering factors in establishing ICS facilities. The participants were able to develop a sketch map that displays the ICS facilities. Most of the questions raised were related to setting up the Emergency Operation Center (EOC), Camp, Incident Command Post (ICP) and the important role of the Incident Commander (IC) and Incident Management Team (IMT).

The Planning Course was a thorough training and discussion on the technical roles and including the different units under the Planning Section, together with the specific ICS forms to be used by concerned Planning officers. The person who was in-charged on this section was the Planning Section Chief. Different leaders were under his supervision, such as, the Resource Unit Leader, the Situation Unit Leader, the Demobilization Unit Leader, and the Situation Unit Leader.