The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) XII attended the 5-days Emergency Operations Center (EOC) training course conducted by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) XII on September 13 until September 17, 2021 via online Zoom platform.
An EOC is activated in response to an on-going incident or emergency. It can also be in the context of a threat during an event. EOC is a facility equipped with trained personnel and resources that coordinate and support the management of an incident or hazard-prone emergencies. It manages a link between the Incident Command System (ICS) and the Response Clusters.
ICS is an all-hazard incident management concept that can improved the activities of the responders in ensuring safety and accountability while the Response Clusters serves as the operating mechanism assisting on humanitarian emergencies and disaster response services.
The training course covered 6 modules that include topics on EOC Staffing and Organization in accordance with the principles of ICS, EOC Facility Design and Requirements where it focused on the EOC readiness level and the importance of having an alternate EOC, Determining EOC Communication Requirements depending on many factors such as the size, accessibility, safety and others. The EOC Information Management Requirements underscored the importance of Joint Information System; the EOC Planning Process discussed the 6 essential steps of the EOC planning process, and the EOC Readiness where it is explained the importance of standard operating procedures.
Different government agencies in Region XII such as Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), and PNP Police Regional Office (PRO) participated the training course. It was facilitated by key personnel from OCD XII and Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (LDRMMO).
If an EOC can be activated, it can also be deactivated if the situation has improved, and emergency situation can be effectively managed by lower level EOCs and or agencies/organizations.