Capitol creates in-house responders

Twenty-eight personnel from different departments of Cebu Provincial Capitol underwent a week-long training on disaster response to form Capitol’s in-house emergency responders.

Governor Hilario P. Davide III initiated the creation of an Emergency Medical Responders team for the Capitol and directed the Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) to facilitate and provide the necessary trainings.

“After the series of earthquake drills and evaluations, the Governor saw the need of having first responders in Capitol so when the need arises, even in our absence (PDRRMO Operatives), we already have the people to respond,” PDRRMO chief Baltazar S. Tribunalo Jr. told the participants.

Rain or shine, selected male and female employees endured rigorous stay-in training starting each day with an early morning jog and a series of military exercises at Camp Lapu-Lapu, Lahug, Cebu City.

Their training followed a ladderized module on Basic Life Support (BLS) and Basic First Aid (BFA) trainings which is in line with the Department of Health (DOH) standards.

Participants were presented with various emergency situations they had to respond to test what they learned.

Qualified and certified trainers from PDRRMO’s training team then evaluate their performance.

“Once you pass the written and practical exam, you will be given the certification and ID,” said PDRRMO Trainer Crista Hermosa.

Prior to the training, participants are asked to report to the Provincial Health Office (PHO) and have their medical and physical examinations.

Joey Hingabay from the Provincial Governor’s Office took pride in himself for surviving the said training.

“I realized being a responder is not easy because you have the responsibility to save a life in times of disasters,” he added.

Dayien Callano of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development expressed her gratitude to Davide and PDRRMO for coming up with the said training.

“Thank you, Gov, for initiating the creation of the Capitol responders team. Thank you also to PDRRMO trainers for patiently teaching us how to properly be a responder,” she said in dialect.

PDRRMO will train more employee responders within the year to achieve the target responders-to-population ratio. Capitol now has approximately 2000 employees.

Aside from that, they will conduct training on incident command system for department heads. (Topaz Chad Cordova Bacolod)