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    OCD, Malaybalay DRRM train partners on disaster mgmt

    MALAYBALAY CITY (PIA)–To capacitate the local government unit (LGU) in managing incidents in an organized and well-coordinated manner during disasters, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD)-10 and Malaybalay City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) recently gathered about 40 participants from provincial and national government agencies, local government units, and law enforcers for a three-day intensive training on the management of emergency operations centers (EOC).

    Jessie Jim A. Fajardo, CADRE, OCD-10, said the training is critical in managing emergencies and disasters where policies, decision-making, and coordination with other agencies are required.

    He talked about how important it is for key agencies and stakeholders to work together during a disaster.

    “The Emergency Operations Center is a facility equipped with personnel and resources that serves as a repository of information and the main hub for coordination to support the management of an incident or planned event,” he said.

    Alan Comiso, CDRRM department head, thanked the OCD for putting together the intensive training for EOC managers. He emphasized the importance of all key agencies working together in the event of a disaster.

    “During a disaster, CDRRMO won’t be able to complete its tasks on its own. I thanked OCD-10 for facilitating this training, as well as our participants from various agencies, stakeholders, and department heads who took the time and endured three days of strict discipline and tests on knowing responsibilities and roles in times of disaster,” Comiso said.

    Malaybalay City Mayor Jay Warren R. Pabillaran thanked the people who went to the training for making the effort.

    “It helps us because we cannot predict and entirely avoid disasters, but we can prepare for and address them. Prevention efforts and coordinated responses to disasters save lives and lessen their impact on communities. Now we have trained personnel who know what to do during emergencies. At least we are always ready. Our operation will not be erratic,” the mayor said at the culmination of the EOC management training. (BGE/PIA-10/Bukidnon)

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