By Vanessa B. Ramos
Thirty Four (34) PGC employees are now full-pledged Rescue 29 members after graduating from a 10-day training on Disaster Risk Reduction, Water Search and Rescue (WASAR), and other life saving techniques. The training was held last September 24-October 03, 2012 at the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, Tuguegarao City, Callao Resort, and other areas in the province.
The training featured salient concepts on RA 10121 or the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Act of 2010. The said training included Geological Related Hazards, the Incident Command System, Search and Rescue Concepts and Procedures, General First Aid, Basic Life Support and General Rescue Procedures, Emergency Rescue Transfer, Smoke Diving, Map Reading, and Rope Rescue. Meanwhile, life saving techniques which include basic swimming, use of rescue equipment, spinal injury management, search and recovery operation, SCUBA, and Rescue boat operations which include boat handling, boat safety, recovery and handling of victims were also taught.
Moreover, the training aimed to instill in every participant the essence of volunteerism, discipline, honesty, determination and commitment.
Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer Edna T. Junio said that the new graduates were indeed very fortunate to surpass the challenging and hard days of training. “They are the heroes of our time who will help the people of the province in times of disasters and calamities,” Junio added.
“The training is worth the hardship, sweat and tears. I’m proud to be a part of Rescue 29 and eventually serve our province,” said Precious Diane Trinidad, one of the graduates of the training program.
Present during the graduation were Chief of Staff Atty. Joseph P. Pauig who delivered the message of Governor Alvaro T. Antonio and at the same time administered the Oath of Rescuer; the 201 Cagayan Community Defense Center Army Reserved Command (ARESCOM Philippine Army, Department Heads, families and friends of the Rescue 29 graduates.
Trainors were Rescue 29 members from different departments and agencies in the province including the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, Provincial Engineer’s Office, General Services Office, Provincial Health Office, Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Region 02, PAG-ASA, Bureau of Fire Protection- Emergency Medical Service (BFP-EMS), and the Philippine National Police.