Capacity Training Vital in Arming Bangsamoro DRRM Actors and Partners with Skills and Knowledge

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COTABATO CITY (SDN) — Lawyer Naguib G. Sinarimbo, head of the Bangsamoro Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILG), has emphasized the importance of disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) actors and partners in responding to emergency, whether man-made or natural calamities.

In relation with this, the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao’s (BARMM) Rapid Emergency Action for Disaster Incidence (READi), which is under the MILF and chaired by Sinarimbo, has been conducting capacity training for its responders, including its partner organizations.

“It is vital that our DRRM actors and partners from the regional down to the grass roots level are equipped with necessary skills and knowledge through capacity training such as the ICS to ensure a timely and well-coordinated disaster response and management,” he said in a video message for the MILG-READI’s latest capacity training.

MILG Executive Assistant V Norhassim G. Sinarimbo of Bangsamoro READI welcomed the training participants. He highlighted the BARMM’s current initiatives on DRRM.

Serving as keynote speaker, Brig. Gen. Leodevic B. Guinid, Commander of the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the Philippine Army (PA), reminded the participants on the importance of interagency collaboration and whole-of-the-nation approach during disaster response.

Philippine Army’s (PA) Brig. Gen. Leodevic B. Guinid at the capacity training. (Credit: MILG)

Participants for these batches are from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), BARMM ministers, Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (MLGOO), Municipal Risk Reduction Management Officers (MRRMO) from BARMM’s island provinces, Maguindanao del Sur, Maguindanao del Norte, Bangsamoro Islamic Women Auxilliary Brigade (BIWAB), DRMM officers of Bangsamoro READi, Mindanao State University (MSU) Marawi faculty members, and others.

The Bangsamoro region, established in 2018 by the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) to implement the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), is made up of the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao del Sur, Maguindanao del Norte, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi, the cities of Cotabato, Lamitan, and Marawi, as well as the Special Geographic Area’s (SGA) 63 barangays or villages that voted “Yes” in a plebiscite in February 2019 to be under the BARMM jurisdiction.

According to the Philippine Atlas BARMM has 4,404,288 people. It has 116 municipalities: Basilan, 11 municipalities; Lanao del Sur, 39; undivided Maguindanao, 36; Sulu, 19; and Tawi-Tawi, 11. Its component cities are Cotabato (the regional center and capital) in Maguindanao; Lamitan in Basilan; and Marawi in Lanao del Sur. (✓)

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