DISASTER AND RELIEF OPERATIONS

The BMS Director is the overall team leader/manager of the Relief Disaster Operation, while the Regional Director in every respective region hit by disaster/calamity will act as Disaster Response Manager for his area of responsibility.  He should alert the Chief of the Relief Assistance and Coordination Division to deploy his men in the field.  All staff of the Bureau of Muslim Settlement and staff of the Settlement Division of the Regional Offices must be automatically members of the relief operation and they should be properly trained and ideally possessed the following qualifications:

  • Relief workers should be willing to do the job and have patience, love, kindness, gentleness, and self-control.
  • Relief workers must follow the directions of those in charge; simply obey his superior and the community leaders affected by the calamities.
  • Relief workers must be flexible in every situation before and during their services.
  • Relief workers should understand the individual differences of the victims; he should listen to them and show comfort, and possibly make them happy through actions and words.
  • Relief workers must work as a team; he must be ready to help his co-workers if necessary, and refer any particular victim/s to others who has the skill and capability to the situation.

The Director of BMS is mandated to focus on the relief operations (in addition to Muslim Settlements) with emphasis on providing support to Muslim Communities during times of natural or man-made disasters.  Its personnel under the Relief Assistance and Coordination Division are mandated to conduct and operate relief operations in the different Muslim Communities.

DISASTER RELIEF TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

Disaster situations are complex and the management and coordination of response activities are rarely unproblematic.  Disaster management or emergency management is the discipline of avoiding and dealing with both natural and man-made disasters.  It involves preparedness, response and recovery plans made in order to lessen the impact of disaster.  Thus, preparedness training and planning must be done to reduce, control or mitigate the effects of emergency situation.

The course will provide students and participants with theoretical understanding of the need for management and coordination in complex and unpredictable disaster situations, as well as, the theoretical models and practical tools for effective management.

The objectives upon completion of the course/training, students and participants will be able to:

  • Identify and discuss key components of and approaches to disaster management using a comprehensive theoretical framework;
  • Explain and discuss practices in disaster response in relation to theories of leadership, decision-making, and disaster management system;
  • Critically reflect upon the inter-relationship between disaster management and context (social, political, economic, environmental and demographic) in which the disaster response takes place;
  • Critically analyze the inter-dependencies among humanitarian actors/stakeholders in disaster situations and relate them to effective coordination of disaster response; and
  • Design, prioritize needs, and implement, in an interdisciplinary team environment, a disaster response plan.

The BMS must conduct yearly/annual trainings for the Bureau staff and personnel from the central office down to the regional offices.  Volunteers from among NCMF employees, who are very much willing to serve anytime during disaster and relief operations, must also be invited to participate in the training.  The following trainings/courses must be conducted:

  • Planning for Disaster Preparedness
  • Disaster Risk Reduction Management Training Course for NCMF Employees
  • Disaster Management Course Training of Trainers
  • Standard Disaster Management Training
  • Basic Disaster Management Training
  • Basic First-Aid Training
  • Disaster Response Team Training
  • Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction Management Training
  • Modular Training in Disaster Management
  • Community Organizing Training