|Trainee's Manual on Disaster Preparedness (European Commission Humanitarian Office, 59 p.)|
|Module II. Institutional Mechanisms for Disaster Management in the Philippines|
A. Staff Teams
1. Intelligence and Disaster Analysis Unit
Evaluates the disaster situation, determines courses of action to be followed in times of emergency and formulates guidelines to evaluating disaster situations.
2. Plans and Operations Unit
Recommends and supervises the implementation of existing operation plans and determines the appropriate courses of action to be taken in response to the disaster situation.
3. Resources Unit
Undertakes a survey of urgent items needed in helping the victims of disasters and calamities, gathers the necessary statistics on food, clothing, construction materials, medical supplies, transportation and other relief and rehabilitation requirement.
B. Operating/Task Teams
1. Communications and Warning
Disseminates timely and adequate warning information as well as precautionary measures to the general public. This unit shall be organized by OCD at the national and regional level, and the DCCs at the local level.
Makes available transportation units for use of the Disaster Operating teams. Organization of this unit lies with the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC).
3. Rescue and Engineering
Responsible for the conduct of rescue and engineering activities within their areas of responsibility. The DILG shall be responsible for its organization at the national and regional levels, while the local DCCs shall be responsible in the organization of the DCC unit at their respective levels. Generally, the Bureau of Air Transportation Office (ATO) shall be responsible for rescue operations in case of air crashes, while the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) shall be responsible for the coordination of rescue activities for sea mishaps.
Provides immediately medical care and attention to disaster victims and shall be organized by the Department of Health at all levels.
5. Auxiliary Fire
Assists the existing regular fire department in controlling fire and shall be organized by the PNP at all levels.
Assists the existing regular force in the disaster areas. This shall be organized by the PNP units at all levels.
Responsible for undertaking immediate survey of the disaster area and provide mass feeding, emergency housing, emergency clothing and tracing services as necessary. The DSWD is responsible for the organization of this emergency service at all levels.
Determines the nature and extent of the rehabilitation efforts to be undertaken in the affected areas and shall request for assistance from appropriate government agencies. The responsible government agency for its organization is the DSWD.
9. Public Information
Conducts public information campaign on disaster preparedness, prevention and mitigation. This operating unit of the DCC shall be organized by the Philippine Information Agency.