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Leyte PPOC to form crisis management committee

By Rodrigo S. Victoria

Tacloban City (29 September) -- In order to minimize or avoid danger to life, health and property from a crisis caused by human activity or natural disasters, the members of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) in Leyte province formally pushed for the creation of a local crisis management committee in a meeting held yesterday at the provincial capitol building.

Leyte PPOC is contemplating of forming a crisis management committee in every local government units under the jurisdiction of the province after the botched hostage-taking incident in Quirino Grandstand in Manila which claimed the lives of eight Hongkong nationals.

Provincial Director Jose P. Yee, Jr. of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Leyte province informed the members of the PPOC that there was already an existing memorandum circular issued in 2003 by the department regarding the guidelines in the organization of crisis management committee at the local level.

"There was still no amendment made up to now regarding the creation of such committee in LGUs from the time it was issued by former DILG Secretary Jose D. Lina, Jr.", Yee added.

Under DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2003-01, the crisis management committee at the regional, provincial, city and municipal levels shall be organized into four component teams, namely: the Initial Response Team, the Negotiation Team, the Operations Team and the Public Affairs Team.

The circular spells out that the Initial Response Team shall be composed of representatives from the AFP, the PNP, other concerned government agencies, NGOs and other acceptable groups and personalities that have the capability to provide initial emergency response in case of a crisis situation. The Negotiation Team shall consist of negotiation experts, NGOs and other concerned as members. The Operations Team shall be composed of representatives from the AFP, the PNP and support medical and counseling units. A Public Affairs Team shall be an attached unit of the local crisis management committee for the purpose of serving as the repository and clearing house of all information on the crisis situation.

The functions of the crisis management committee include to develop a crisis management plan providing for appropriate measures to prevent the occurrence of crisis situation; to resolve all crisis situations in the locality; to organize and coordinate the activities of different government agencies in addressing a crisis situation; to direct the conduct of operations during a crisis situation; to contain, mitigate and control the negative effects of a crisis situation and to prevent crisis situation from aggravating and worsening.

Meanwhile, PSSupt John Q, Sosito of PNP-Leyte emphasized to members of PPOC present during the meeting the four P's in crisis management and these are predict, prevent, prepare and perform.

Col. Allan Martin, Deputy Brigade Commander of the 802nd Brigade, 8th ID, PA suggested that membership of the local crisis management committee shall be patterned with the composition at the national level.

Leyte Board Member Rolando Piamonte likewise urged to convene immediately the identified members of the provincial crisis management committee to tackle on the roles and functions and other concerned of the committee. (PIA 8) [top]

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