Celso: Each crisis has own dynamics PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 14:50

“Each crisis has its own dynamics and when a crisis strikes, everybody will have to work in unison, there should be cohesiveness and proper tasking and everybody should do what they are supposed to do and not do what they are not supposed to do”.

Thus emphasized Mayor Celso Lobregat in his presentation before local government executives and representatives from different sectors in the country, Monday during a forum on crisis management initiated by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Citing the various crises that besieged the city the past months and how the city dealt with it, Mayor Lobregat said crises are situations which nobody would want to happen and nobody would want to be in.

“We are sharing our experiences in the hope that this does not happen to you but if it does, we hope you may have learned something from our experiences. Some of them may not be found in manuals—but are purely practical methods—that are within the bounds of the law—that have been proven useful and effective in our situations,” the mayor said.

He said devising crisis management plans and the conduct of painstaking drills may be a big help to ascertain high levels of preparedness but he stressed each crisis has its own dynamics and one single management plan may not be effective and applicable in all areas and in all situations. 

Mayor Lobregat was one of the panelists during the forum on crisis management, held as one of the series of activities in the celebration of the 20th year anniversary of the local government code dubbed “Biyaheng Pinoy: Matapat na Palakad, Biyaheng Maunlad” October 18 at the Heritage Hotel in Manila.

At least four forums were held simultaneously in the morning and Balangay 6, the venue of the forum on crisis management was filled to the brim.  Atty. Eduardo Escueta, National Police Commission Vice chairman and executive officer presented the crisis management protocols while Assistant Civil Defense Executive Officer Atty. Priscilla Duque acted as the session chair and moderator.

According to Mayor Lobregat, strategic planning and risk management to anticipate crisis is also very effective and each crisis must be dealt with competently and capably by the members of the Crisis Management Committee. It is also very essential that the CMC gets the support of all sectors—the police, military and other sectors including the media.

“During the preparation procedures, leaders usually espouse on “how and what to do” however, when confronted with the crisis, leadership must be able to translate this “how and what to do” into concrete actions,” he said.

The mayor’s presentation entitled “Local Government Perspective in Managing Crisis on Law Enforcement Concerns” cited the kidnapping incidents involving the three teachers in Sacol, businessman Eliseo Hablo, Vinton So and several others and the August 5 explosion at the Zamboanga International Airport.

The mayor likewise cited the importance of sharing information on a need to know basis, maintenance of the policy on no ransom, considering the safety of the victim as the primordial concern, intensive intelligence gathering and investigation and the preparedness of the authorities to strike among others.

Mayors from the different regions in the country who attended the forum asked varied questions which Mayor Lobregat and Atty. Escueta eloquently answered.

Lobregat was personally invited by Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo to be one of the panelists after lauding the chief executive’s efficient handling of the August 5 explosion at the airport as Crisis Manager.

By Sheila Covarrubias