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Catanduanes town holds emergency response training for youth responders

first aid training in San Andres, Catanduanes, Philippines

VIRAC, Catanduanes (PIA)—At least 50 young individuals completed on a two-day training on basic emergency response held in San Andres town, Catanduanes.

Organized by the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO) of San Andres, the training succeeded in teaching the participants how to formulate a disaster risk reduction management plan that would serve as a guide in responding during emergencies.

According to MDRRO head Jeremy Zigmundo R. Manlangit, the training was in connection with the celebration of National Disaster Resilience Month and part of the local government’s compliance with RA 10121 or "An Act Strengthening the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management System of 2010."

During the training, participants were taught on the following: bandaging, CPR, ropemanship, rappelling, swimming rescue, transport of victim and rescue hunting. A rescuelympics was also held.

As per evaluation conducted by the facilitators, the participants, aged 14-25, focused their attention and time during the lectures and demonstrations, thus, they were able to properly execute what they have learned.

Participants who gave their impressions admitted that the training was an eye opener to them and made them realize that responding to emergencies in times of disaster is not an easy task.

They remarked that a responder must be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills; must have presence of mind; and must focus on attending to patients even under pressure. (PIA5/Catanduanes)

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