Pasar Foundation Inc. recently concluded a series of trainings on public safety to equip the students of Isabel town, Leyte province, with basic knowledge on disaster-risk management and response to calamities, as well as taught them a quick course on saving lives.
Since the Philippines is a calamity-prone area, the foundation tapped young people and helped them develop the skills needed for a quick response to disasters and calamities.
Raoul T. Bacalla of the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office of Leyte’s Palompon town and Pablito L. Sevenorio of Pasar Safety held lectures on Republic Act 10121, also known as Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction Management (PDRRM) Act, as well as typhoon/flood, storm surge, fire, and earthquake awareness, to students of the Isabel National Comprehensive School (INCS).
The whole course, led by Fire Officer 1 Gian B. Luzares, included training on basic life support (BLS)-cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and standard first aid. It was followed by a lecture on fire safety and earthquake by Fire Inspector Lino B. Asumbrado. A fire drill was likewise conducted.
The Weather Philippines Foundation, with junior typhoon specialists Margarette Lim and Adonis Manzan and senior meteorologist Leonilo Millanes, conducted additional workshops on typhoon tracking/mapping and plotting. This was part of the proposed Disaster Risk Management Capacity-building Activity and Understanding the Weather, Typhoon Tracking/Mapping and Disaster Reporting.
Held at the Isabel Central School conference room, the training program targeted Grade 9 students as participants, as well as school DRRM coordinators and science teachers from both public and private schools.
Another workshop— Teaching Resiliency and Self Care after a Disaster—headlined by speakers Tess Parker and Rose Sequiten from Norfil Foundation Inc., was expected to empower selected students, school guidance teachers and school DRRM coordinators from different schools in Isabela.
The recent trainings and workshops culminated in the Basic Life Support training that involved CPR, standard first aid, basic fire safety, and earthquake and fire drills. These were also held at the INCS.