61 Bangsamoro READi WASAR Trainees Complete Rescue Training


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(SDN) — The Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILG) lauded the first batch of Bangsamoro Rapid Emergency Action on Disaster Incidence (READi) for successfully completing their Water Search and Rescue (WASAR) training for 2022.

Interior Minister Naguib G. Sinarimbo had ordered the training of the MILG-READi personnel to equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills in coping with both man-made and natural calamities.

As ,many know, some communities of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) have been beset with natural disasters, such as floods, etc., and fighting among families.

Peace and security have been good after the signing of the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Philippine government.

But family feuds or “rido” and the remaining militant groups in the BARMM areas are occasional sources of fighting that displaced residents of affected barangays or villages.

Thus, the MILG established its humanitarian and rescue arm to respond to any emergency.

On March 2, personnel of READi graduated from their stringent training provided by the Philippine Army’s (PA) 6th Infantry Division (ID) Training School (DTS) based at Awang Airport, Cotabato City, Maguindanao.

The participants of the training are from the municipalities of Marantao, Buadipuso-Buntong, Ditsaan-Ramain in Lanao del Sur; and Sultan sa Barongis, Talitay, Rajah Buayan, Barira, Paglas, Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Pandag municipalities of Maguindanao province.

Also from Lanao del Sur are personnel of its Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO).

Interior Minister Naguib G. Sinarimbo sent a representative on his behalf to attend the graduation ceremony, MILG Executive Assistant Norhassim Sinarimbo; also in attendance included Major Eric Aprosta (INF), PA, and Course Non-Commission Office In-Charge (NCOIC) Master Sergeant Romulo K. Grecia (INF) PA of the 6ID Training School.

WASAR is a specialized training being undertaken by the Bangsamoro READi and the MILG aimed at strengthening the capacity of the region in responding to disasters.

The BARMM is composed of the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi, and the cities of Cotabato, Lamitan, and Marawi, as well as the Special Geographic Area (SGA) comprised of 63 barangays or villages in North Cotabato that opted to be under the BARMM jurisdiction.

It was established as a new political entity (NPE) by the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) to implement the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).

It can be recalled the Bangsamoro government through the MILG established a new emergency and disaster response office now called READi on July 31, 2019.

To be managed by the MILG, READi was formed following BARMM Chief Minister Ahod Balawag “Al-Hajj Murad” Ebrahim’s Executive Order No. 12 dated July 29, 2019.

The new office which replaced the now defunct ARMM Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office  (ARDRRMO), which was also know as the Humanitarian Emergency Action Response Team (ARMM-HEART) “provides for the establishment of the BDRRMC and a disaster risk reduction management operation center, the READI-BARMM, which shall be managed by the Ministry on Interior and Local Government (MILG).”

READi is tasked to coordinate with all the BARMM line agencies in times of emergency. – EKU (/)

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