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Palace revising crisis management manual

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Security stakeholders including the Cabinet Security Cluster will soon come out with a broader crisis management manual that will address not only security crisis but also economic crisis.

“We are in the process of revising the present crisis management manual. This will not be an easy process,” National Security Adviser Retired General Cesar Garcia said in a press briefing at the Presidential Situation Room at the Presidential Security Group Compound in Malacanang.

Garcia said the new manual will have to define clearly the roles of local government officials such as mayors, in crisis management.

“There are things that need to be included so it will take a little bit more time because we also recognized it is not just security crisis but also other types of crises,” Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Secretary Ricky Carandang said.

“We are also talking about economic crisis. For example there was never a manual that addresses the (economic) situation such as evaluating the present currencies and debt crisis,” he added.

The present crisis management manual was crafted during the term of former President Joseph Estrada .It was drafted by top officials from different agencies including the Departments of Foreign Affairs, Interior and Local Government, National Defense, Social Welfare and Development, the Bureau of Immigration, Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines.

The manual provides procedures needed in dealing with all kinds of situation including hostage-taking not only of local residents but including foreign nationals. (PCOO/PIA9-BST)




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