With ‘Paeng’ Destruction Still Fresh, Bangsamoro Gov’t Conducts More Training on Disaster Response


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COTABATO CITY (SDN) — Severe Tropical Storm Paeng left in its wake in the Bangsamoro region a trail of fatalities and missing persons, not to say destruction of agriculture and infrastructure.

The weather incident affected the country as early as October 26, 2022, until it exited on October 30 from the Philippine Area of Responsibility.

In the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), the most severely affected were the municipalities of Datu Odin Sinsuat (DOS), Datu Blah Sinsuat (DBS), and South Upi.

A Philippine Information Agency ((PIA) report on November 1, quoted Maguindanao’s Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) as having tallied 61 casualties in DOS (42), Upi (eight), DBS (seven), Barira (three), and South Upi (one).

The tropical storm also destroyed or at least damaged some major thoroughfares in BARMM, affected 440 barangays or villages with 211,656 households.

Interior Minister Naguib G. Sinarimbo. (Photo: SDN — SciTech and Digital News)

With this still fresh in the mind and the scars yet to heal, the residents still unable to recover fully from the wrath of “Paeng”, the Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILG) headed by Interior Minister Naguib S. Sinarimbo is conducting anew a set of Training on the Incident Command System, Level 1 and 2 and Level 3 and 4.

He said the various local government units of the provinces of BARMM are participating in the training. Representatives of the pillars of DRMM in the region are also in attendance.

“We hope that the learnings and the skills that they will acquire here will prepare them better to manage any disaster that may hit their LGUs. Equally important is for them to build a network with their fellow trainees which will facilitate communication and coordination in times of disaster,” Sinarimbo emphasized.
Here are some photographs through the MILG of the new training:
Purposedly, the Bangsamoro government has its humanitarian and disaster response arm, MILG’s Rapid Emergency Action on Disaster Incidence (READi), teams of well-trained rescuers. — EKU (✓)

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