About 600 emergency, medical and communication responders from different local government units (LGUs) and volunteer groups of Cebu Province gathered together in a 2-day Responders General Assembly and Conference held in Girls Scout Camp, Camp Marina, Capitol Hills, Cebu City last September 16-17, 2016.
Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) organized and hosted the event.
It aimed to provide a venue to share good practices between LGUs on emergency response, and search and rescue as well as to review and finalize the response and communication protocol for the Province of Cebu.
“We will establish comradeship with other responders and share practices for us to have a standard protocol for response and communication in the Province,” said PDRRMO chief Baltazar S. Tribunalo.
Activities lined up for the assembly include basic and advance rope rescue clinics led by PDRRMO Operations Chief Dennis “Shio” Cortes and teambuilding and mentoring per cluster.
The Philippine Army Bomb Squad also conducted an orientation on bombs and explosives.
The event was highlighted by a bonfire made from prehistoric method initiated by the members of Camp Red Bush Craft and Survival Guild.
Cebu’s league of local disaster officers convened to review and finalize Province’s communication protocol with the help of National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) 7 Dir. Jesus M. Laureno along with radio communicators from Ham Radio Cebu Inc. (HRC), Cebuano Amateur Radio League (CARL) and Auxiliary Communicators for Emergency Response Inc. (ACER).
“To have a harmonious and organized link, I strongly advise this body to have your responders undergo orientations on proper radio laws, usage and etiquette as well as secure the licenses,” said Laureno.
He added that NTC 7 will assign a radio frequency for LDRRMOs to communicate and share information with each other.
The league synonymously agreed that communication is vital not only during disasters but also in any events with the involvement of communication responders.
“We amateur radio operators involve ourselves in every event to help communicators’ needs. It is our passion to help,” said HRC President Jet M. Manuel.
“Part of our advocacy is to give free orientations not only on radio laws and proper usage but also in signal propagation and antenna making,” he added.
HRC Inc., CARL, ACER Inc. and REACT-Metro Cebu are amateur and civic radio operators that volunteered as communication responders to help PDRRMO. (Chad Cordova Bacolod)