PARACELIS, Mountain Province- The provincial government through its Provincial Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) conducted an Emergency Responders Training at Poblacion, Paracelis on June 20-24, 2016.
According to MDRRM Officer Alice B. Dogwe of Paracelis, accidents are inevitable. In their municipality, vehicular accident tops the list of emergency incidents which needs to be acted upon, hence the request for the training to the PDRRMO.
Dogwe said that there are already trained emergency responders at their municipality, but most of them are already based to other places and the others need a refresher course. She said that this is just the start of conducting training for Paracelis volunteers. “We plan to train more individuals, it is best that during emergencies, we can tap people who are trained and can perform effective pre-hospital care. I am thankful that we have been given this opportunity to undergo this training, for it is not only helpful to other people but to ourselves, our family as well.”
LDRRMO V Atty. Edward F. Chumawar, who heads the PDRRMO said that the course that they have conducted is one of the skills training program of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council- Office of the Civil Defense (NDRRMC-OCD). The training course is designed to enhance the skills capability of the local responders and be familiar with the standards in basic life support in order to increase effectiveness and limit liability during emergency operations.
The five day training consisted of classroom lecture and actual exercises in search and rescue retrieval. In partnership with the Emergency Responders 26 team and the Department of Health, and personnel from the Bureau of Fire and Protection; the participants were taught on the different techniques- basic rescue, self-rescue, the application of rescue techniques using available equipment, basic rescue-related medical emergency care, including techniques and maneuvers to bring victims of cardiac and respiratory arrest back to life.
Outgoing Mayor Gavino L. Bucok expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the trainers and the participants for the success of the training. He said that he is hopeful that the participants will apply what they have learned and for them to play a key role in providing effective pre-hospital care during emergencies.
Meanwhile, LDRRMO IV Joseph O. Padcayan shared that the reason why the training is existent is because of Republic Act NO. 10121, otherwise known as the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 –where it promotes involvement and participation of all sectors and all stakeholders concerned, at all levels, especially the local community. He is optimistic that the newly trained responders will efficiently, creatively and effectively apply what they have been taught.
By Laycha K. Marra