Friday, September 03, 2010

Aklan Province Forms Crises Management Group

Kapehan Sa Aklan guest resource persons are (l to r) PO2 Nida Gregas, Police Supt. Epifanio Bragais, Jr., Chief Insp. Aden T. Lagradante of Kalibo, Station Chief Efren Q. Laguihon, AVSECOM.

In view of the recent Manila hostage-taking controversy, the Aklan provincial government is forming an integrated crisis management group to assure the safety of both foreign and local tourists in Aklan and in the island resort of Boracay in particular.

In an emergency meeting with tourism stakeholders, police officials and other sectors Thursday last week, Gov. Carlito Marquez said that the integrated crisis management group will include representatives from the Provincial Engineers Office (PEO), the police, Dr. Rafael S. Tumbukon Memorial Hospital, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, Philippine Army and the media.

"We may not have suitable equipment at present, but if we pool our resources and manpower together, we may be able to come up with a more comprehensive and credible crises manage-ment system. I asked all concerned agencies to come up with an integrated crisis management manual," Marquez said.

Among the points agreed upon, the PEO is expected to provide heavy transport requirements of the police while medical doctors, including psychologists, would take part in the negotiations.

"We should be able to make the world know that Boracay is a safe tourist destination," Marquez said. (PNA) /MP

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