Communication is the problem: Disaster simulation uncovers loophole

first_imgHe gave it a rating of 60 – a failinggrade. He was referring to Friday last week’sdisaster response exercise at the Iloilo Strait simulating disaster at sea – aboat full of passengers capsized. The personnel assigned at the port inIloilo must inform those in Guimaras of the time a motorboat had sailed, hesuggested, so that when such boat had not reached its port of destination in 20minutes, “we will immediately respond.” Communication is vital in disasterresponse, it could save lives, Nuñez stressed. Even then, said Nuñez, during thesimulation exercise it became clear that the radio frequency of concernedgovernment agencies were “not unified.”“The Philippine Army, Philippine National Police and coastguard have their owncommunication…this must be linked,” said Nuñez. If the exercise was a real disasterrescue operation, it would have been a failure, he said. The port-to-port communication mustalso improve, he added. The Regional Disaster Risk Reductionand Management Council (RDRRMC) would find ways to boost the communicationamong its line agencies for better emergency and rescue operations, said Nuñez,also the body’s chairperson.center_img Among those that participated in thesimulation exercise was the Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine National Policeand Maritime Industry Authority. In the absence of cellphones, he said,radios may be used. ILOILO City – “I saw thatcommunication was the problem,” said Jose Roberto Nuñez, director of the Officeof Civil Defense (OCD) in Western Visayas. The delivery of reports to theoperation center was hampered, said Nuñez, and specifically the basicinformation – “the who, what, when, where, and how.” “I was in the operations office(during the simulation exercise). I saw that communication was the problem.Line agencies lacked communication,” lamented Nuñez. On Aug. 3, three motorboats plyingIloilo-Guimaras route capsized in theIloilo Strait, killing 31 people. (With the Philippine News Agency/PN)last_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *