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Calabarzon approves interim rules on crisis management

Calamba City (9 November) -- The Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) in CALABARZON has unanimously approved and adopted the interim rules on the Regional Crisis Management Committee (CMC) that provide specific guidelines on what the CMC should do during a hostage situation or a similar crisis.

CALABARZON Police Director, Chief Superintendent Samuel D. Pagdilao Jr. formally endorsed the CMC Interim rules to the RPOC led by its new chairman, Laguna Governor Jeorge "ER" Estregan Jr., during the special meeting held at the TESDA Women's Center, Taguig City recently.

The RPOC has also approved Pagdilao's recommendation for the activation of CMC down to the municipal level and the conduct of joint-training for local executives who will sit as chairpersons of CMC and their respective chiefs-of-police on crisis management.

Pagdilao, who was elected vice chairman of the CALABARZON RPOC, said the CMC interim rules was first introduced by the PNP in Western Visayas when he was then regional director to address the absence of specific rules to guide the CMC. The rules were later ratified by the RPOC of Western Visayas and the League of Mayors of the Philippines (LMP) in Iloilo and Negros Occidental.

RPOC secretariat head and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Regional Director IV-A Josefina E. Castilla-Go said that the CMC Interim rules formulated by RPOC Western Visayas were distributed by yhe DILG to various regional units as a template for consideration and ratification.

The interim rules stipulate that civilian authorities at the onset of the crisis should immediately convene the CMC and the Critical Incident Management Task Group (CIMTG), established a command center and integrate and orchestrate all actions of government agencies involved for the immediate resolution of the crisis.

While the crisis is on-going, local executives who head the CMC shall supervise and monitor the progress of the crisis or hostage situation, process and decide on the hostage-takers demands.

Likewise, the interim rules provide the conditions for the elevation of the crisis management to a higher level such as the Regional CMC or at the national level.

Pagdilao said that the interim rules also state the CMC chairman should not interfere with tactical and operational matters relative to the hostage situation and they should not be allowed to act as negotiators in a hostage crisis. These two functions are supposed to be left in the hands of the on-scene commander and the negotiating team. (PNP 4A/PIA Calabarzon) [top]

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