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Community-Based Disaster Preparedness And Response Training
CBDPR Training 2017 in the municipality of Villanueva, Misamis Oriental. Group photo of the participants of the Community-Based Disaster Preparedness and Response Training. It was iniated by the LGU of Villanueva, in partnership with FDC Misamis Power Corporation, where barangay leaders and police personnel partook and were taught basic disaster response and first aid skills.
Villanueva villages, police prepped for disasters
AMID climate change brought about by global warming, Villanueva town, dubbed as the “Industrial Capital” of Misamis Oriental in Northern Mindanao, is reportedly prone to three major disasters — super typhoon, storm surge and landslide, revealed Norman Ricacho, the town’s disaster risk reduction management officer.
Thus, in partnership with FDC Misamis Power Corporation (FDC MPC), Ricacho initiated the conduct of a three-day Community-Based Disaster Preparedness and Response Training (CBDPRT) with 80 barangay leaders and police personnel as participants, held at the town’s gymnasium last March 8-10 and 22-24.
Spearheaded and supervised by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) in Region 10, the training aimed at synergizing the barangays, will lead to the realization of Villanueva Mayor Jennie Rosalie Uy’s plan to establish Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (BDRRMO) in each of the town’s 11 villages.
“We want to capacitate the barangay people on emergency preparedness, especially on search and rescue operations so they can be effective emergency responders in the occurrence of any disastrous event in our locality,” Ricacho stressed.
Aside from super typhoon, storm surge and landslide, he added, “we also want everyone in Villanueva in as much as possible to be an active responder to any vehicular accident that may happen in their respective barangay so to save live(s) of the mishap victim(s).”
To be a rescuer or first aider, however, isn’t an easy task, shared PO1 Charlotte Marie Cabugsa from Villanueva Police Office (VPO).
Cabugsa, one of the training participants, hailed the activity, saying, “it taught us the essence of team work, presence of mind and focus in time of disaster.”
The training, in compliance with the Republic Act (RA) 10121 or the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010, was highlighted by a two-day lecture on theories and practical aspect of disaster preparedness and response, and one day of actual emergency rescue simulations.
RA 10121 mandates the forming of disaster risk reduction management groups from the national down to the barangay level, including fund allocation of five percent out of the local government unit (LGU’s) annual internal revenue allotment (IRA), including the barangays.
Commendable and, at the same time, doable, was how Steven Joses Kionisala, former kagawad of Barangay Katipunan, described the training.
Establishing BDRRMO in each barangay in Villanueva, he added, “will surely mean a lot.”
“It is quite an advantage if anyone in the barangay knows about first aid or life support in time of disaster.”
“Much more if there’s cohesiveness among the people in the barangay for this worthy endeavor.”
The Gotianun-led FDC MPC, shouldered the one-year accident insurance for every training participant-turned-rescue volunteer.
“FDC Misamis continue its mandate in engaging its host communities. We recognize the importance of increasing the community’s capacities in reducing vulnerabilities during catastrophes. Hence, we are one with the local government of Villanueva in its purpose to build disaster resilient societies. Through such programs, we can ensure that appropriate and effective actions are taken during emergency situations,” said Juan Eugenio L. Roxas, head of FDC Misamis Power Corporation.
The power company then wished that every BDRRMO in Villanueva town will become sustainable and resilient at all times.
CBDPR Training 2017 in the municipality of Villanueva, Misamis Oriental. Participants of the Community-Based Disaster Preparedness and Response Training during simulation of emergency cases. . T was iniated by the LGU of Villanueva, in partnership with FDC Misamis Power Corporation, where barangay leaders and police personnel partook and were taught basic disaster response and first aid skills.