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Palawan acquires incident command post apparatus to bolster disaster response

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The Palawan provincial government led by Governor Jose Ch. Alvarez is beefing up its disaster response capability with the acquisition of the brand-new Incident Command Post apparatus.

The Capitol said that the new equipment will be lodged under the care and custody of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) and will be manned by the personnel of the Incident Management Team (IMT) of the said office.

“The rapid deployable command post boasts of a spacious military-grade airconditioned tent that can accommodate up to 15 people, it is also equipped with working tables and portable chairs, power generator, a rapid deployable CCTV camera, TV monitor and powerful lights,” said the Capitol.

PDRRMO Jerry Alili said that the advanced command post could be deployed rapidly anywhere in the province at the onset of natural calamities or disasters.

With the equipment, Palawan’s disaster response is expected to be “more efficient” because the Incident Management Team could easily be set up anywhere at any given time without the need for any building or structures to house the team because this is primarily the purpose that the command post was customized for.

“The apparatus could also be converted into a field hospital or mobile clinic during medical emergencies such as epidemics, accidents or any health -related emergencies,” said the Capitol.

Palawan is prone to natural disasters such as flooding, landslides and typhoons. Its coastal areas stretching approximately 2,000 kilometers posed grave danger to coastal dwellers when tsunamis develop from its surrounding seas.

“This is basically the reason why the provincial government is gearing up for and advocating readiness and disaster resilience among its local government units and the constituencies of Palawan,” said the province.