CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–Some representatives of the national agencies in Region 10 underwent a four-day training on the Public Continuity Service Planning (PSCP) conducted by the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD)-10 in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-10 and through the Regional Disaster Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC).
Lasting from August 23 to 26 this year, at least 41 line agencies sent their respective representatives to participate in the blended course training via face-to-face and virtual to understand the PSCP initiation, risk assessment for continuity of operations, determination and prioritization of essential functions, development of continuity strategies and PSCP, and exercise, test, and maintenance of the PSCP.
The PSCP training highlighted internal capacities, recovery requirements and strategies of an agency or institution that leans toward the continuous delivery of quality public services during an emergency or disaster.
In this event, participants learned that efforts to initiate the development of continuity plans for government agencies originated from a common understanding of the need for the government to enhance current disaster preparedness measures to ensure that vital services provided to the public can be immediately restored following disruptive events.
Further, partakers knew that PSCP is anchored in the development and practice of Business Continuity Management.
The term “Public Service Continuity (PSC)” was coined during the formulation of the template by the ad hoc NDRRMC TWG.
Since then, the concept of continuity has evolved from various disaster management and business continuity disciplines. (CRG/PIA-10/Lanao del Sur)