NFTI visits Albay for strengthening institutional managementTuesday December 12,2017
The National Fire Training Institute (NFTI) in Laguna visited Albay Province on December 3-5, 2017 for a three-day learning experience on the best practices and experiences of the Local Government Units and Bicol University on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction and management.
As the only educational and training center in the Philippines, NFTI is mandated by Republic Act 6975, an act establishing the Philippine National Police under a reorganized Department of Interiors and Local Government and for other purposes to cater to the human resource needs of the Bureau of Fire Protection. It is one of the constitutive units of the Philippine Public Safety College, an umbrella organization under the Department of Interior Local Government which is mandated to confer academic degrees to both undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as special diplomas and certificates on public safety education.
The group visited the Provincial Government of Albay particularly the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO) and the Climate Change Academy and Disaster Risk Reduction Management Training (CCA-DRRM) Training Institute; the City Government of Legazpi, Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) V, Regional Training Center (RTC) and Bicol University. Briefings were conducted by Dr. Cedric C. Daep, head of APSEMO and director of the CCA-DRRM TI specifically on the institutionalization of the APSEMO, budget, policies, innovations and leadership on CCA and DRR, which contributed to the zero casualty practice of the Albay Province. Legazpi City on the other hand, shared its programs and projects on CCA and DRR and how the communities are being prepared and mobilized in cases of emergency. As an academic institution, BU presented its role in DRRM along instruction, research and extension specially its programs on Health and Emergency Management and Emergency Paramedic Training Unit (EPTU). Dr. Rodel M. Niñofranco, director of EPTU and faculty of the BU College of Nursing shared the trainings, LGU coordination, mobilization and deployment of the trainees during emergency.
NFTI will soon have a satellite Fire Basic Recruit Course at Cawa-Cawa, Ligao City for at least 400 new recruits in BFP from Bicol and Visayan regions. Likewise, NFTI explored possible partnership with LGUs and BU through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in the conduct of trainings particularly on the availability of instructors and facilitators, training grounds, module preparation and training methodologies.
“We admire the strong collaboration and working relationship of the local government units and agencies as well as the academe like BU which contributed to the realization of its common goals along CCA and DRR,” said Dr. Joey T. Abary, medical officer who also served as the NFTI team leader. He further stated that “we will go back to our work stations with better perspectives and new strategies to apply from the sharing and experiences learned in this visit.” (RFZoilo)