CAMP GUILLERMO NAKAR, Lucena City, (PNA) — Southern Luzon Command (SOLCOM) soldiers will conduct “Disaster Preparedness Capability Demonstration Exercises” on September 12 (Thursday) from noontime until 4 p.m. at city’s Dalahican Port here.
SOLCOM Commander Lieutenant General Caesar Ronnie F. Ordoyo said that the exercises would demonstrate the principles of “Incident Command System.”
Ordoyo said the concept has since been adapted by several countries that successfully utilized the system in rescue operation which will be applied locally in these exercises to synchronize the movement and measures during the operations.
He added that the exercises will enhance the readiness and responsiveness of disaster responders who will be deployed in case of disasters, calamities and crisis situations.
“This is a proactive move to confront future disasters and challenges that might come. Ito po ay ginagawa ng inyong local government unit (LGU) at Armed Services para makasigurado tayo na meron po tayong matibay at konkretong paghahanda sa anumang krisis at kalamidad (the LGU and armed services conduct these exercises to ensure reliability and preparedness during a crisis or calamity),” Lt. Gen. Ordoyo said.
The SOLCOM commander added that these demonstrations will measure current capability and test the skills of the local disaster and crisis teams.
The event will also highlight scenarios on hostage taking, terrorist attack, ship collision and massive evacuation due to fire and explosions.
Participants in the joint exercises are from the military, police, local government units, coastguard and other special units trained for disaster response.