National Conciliation and Mediation Board
Regional Branch No. 5
31 August 2017
Legazpi City – Regional Branch 5 Administrative Officer IV Hazel Caroche recently went on a three-day training on Basic Incident Command System (BICS) conducted by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) – Regional Office V under its “Green Our DOLE Program” (GODP) on July 24-26, 2017 held at the DOLEROV Conference Room, Old Albay, Legazpi City.
Along with DOLEROV employees, Caroche was joined by representatives from regional counterparts of DOLE member agencies such as Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Employees’ Compensation Commission, Occupational Safety and Health Center, Philippine Overseas Employment Agency, National Reintegration Center for OFWs, and Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board.
The aim of the training is to equip DOLE and attached agencies’ employees to respond to disaster and prepare them for possible unforeseen natural as well as man-made disaster or emergencies.
AO4 Caroche said that she hopes to continue to cascade the learnings from the training down to every personnel so that she can help promote safety and security not only in the workplace but to their own homes as well as to the public in general.
“In response to the challenges encountered from past major disasters and incidents, ICS was mandated to be established in the Philippines by virtue of Republic Act 10121 where the Office of the Civil Defense was tasked to formulate the standard operating procedures for coordination. ICS became part of the on-scene disaster response system in the Philippines,” reported AO4 Caroche.
“The ICS is a disaster response tool that coordinates the actions of various groups by blending their complex organizational structures in times of a disaster or emergency,” she added.
According to Supervising Labor and Employment Officer Josephine Amaranto, “The GODP is a nature-friendly project that implements policies and programs to promote, aside from cleanliness, safety and health at the workplace. By sending a representative to this BICS Training we are empowering our employees not only to be agents of “green change” but most especially to equip them to respond to emergencies not only within the confines of the workplace but likewise external emergencies.”
The highlight of the training is the formulation of an Incident Action Plan per agency. The general objectives identified among others, are to ensure the safety of all deployed personnel; ensure shelter operations are adequate for disaster survivors; identify needs and provide life-sustaining commodities for citizens; assess conditions and implement removal plan; ensure local as well as national telecommunications are operating, etc.
Anent to this, one of the intentions is the establishment of Emergency Response Teams to deal with the internal as well as external emergencies in order to protect the safety and security of its employees as well as the public.
Regional Branch Director Reynaldo S. Foncardas said, “We must always empower our employees and get them involved in the concerns of the working environment. We must always engage them in noteworthy activities such as emergency responsiveness. We must never be an idle observer at times of emergencies or disasters. We can work together to help in whatever way we can to alleviate the fears, hurts or whatever damage a disaster can do to our lives as well as the lives of others. We must always have in our hearts and in our minds the safety and security of our employees and the community as well.”
EFLEDA A. HOURANI
APPROVED FOR RELEASE:
REYNALDO S. FONCARDAS
Regional Branch Director