The Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) conducted a two-day Basic Emergency Search and Rescue Training (ESAR) last November 5-6 for the University of Cebu-Maritime Education and Training Center (UC Mambaling Campus) thru its University-Sustainability/SWAPP and Resiliency Office. The training was held at the Hisoler Beach Resort, Nailon, Bogo City, Cebu.
Republic Act 10121 (Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Law of the Philippines) and RA 9729 (Climate Change Act of the Philippines) emphasizes the programs and activities to be mainstreamed in the different sectors and institutions. Among these activities are educating the children, youth and teachers, to insure full and wider understanding and development of skills related to Disaster Risk Reduction Management.
Correspondingly, an ESAR Training was organized for Daanbantayan Central Elementary School, Daanbantayan Rural Health Unit, Don Celestino Martinez Sr. Taytayan Integrated School and Department of Education/SDS of Bogo City.
Topics covered were understanding types of emergencies and response actions to take, knowing the values of drills and training, applying specific learning on DRR and CCA using the outdoor experiences like basic life support, first aide, basic rope techniques, basic rescue operations and incident command & camp coordination systems establishment.
At the end of the training, the participants were able to demonstrate their learning by creating Emergency Search and Rescue Teams (ESART) in each school/institution and internalize and appreciate the values of camaraderie through environmental protection, life preservation, and social accountability.
Resource persons included Joel Sisa (Cebu PDRRMO), Jesuel Pesquera (PDRRMO), Crista Mae P. Hermosa (PDRRMO), Rhee S. telen Jr. (PDRRMO), En. P Emmanuel P. Crucio (UC-METC), Engr. Rolito Magdadaro (UC-METC) and Cherryl Soliva (Ranger-7 Radio Communicator Group, Civilian Disaster Volunteer of Bogo City).
Bogo City Administrator Max Suico delivered the inspirational talk in behalf of Mayor Junie Martinez, while Dr. Nimfa D. Bongo, Ed.D – Bogo City Schools Division Supt. gave the welcome address.
The activity was held to mark the second anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda (Intl. Name Haiyan).
Category-five typhoon Yolanda caused devastation to hundreds of families in northern Cebu towns including the City of Bogo, damaging both lives and properties on November 8, 2013.
UC-METC(UC Mambaling Campus) thru its University-Sustainability/SWAPP and Resiliency Office and its inter-linked relevant departments have assisted and managed a few projects.
In 2014, they constructed two new classrooms and renovated three classrooms for Tominjao Elementary School (TES) in Daanbantayan. The classrooms were turned over last March 10, 2015.
This year, two new classrooms are now being constructed at Celestino Martinez Sr. Taytayan Integrated School (DCMSTIS) in Bogo City.
All projects were jointly funded by the Cebu Province and Manila Vice Province of the Redemptorist Congregation.
The activity is organized and supported by the Yolanda Project Rehabilitation and Recovery Project.
“One of the fundamental purpose of collaborating with the affected schools and LGUs is that the donor institution and the project facilitation/management side do not see the donation of school buildings as the end in itself but rather a means to an end of sustainability and the needed resiliency of communities,” Emmanuel P. Crucio, U-SSRO/METC Coordinator said.
“The training went well and they’re serious sila sa ilang roles. They are very grateful of the opportunity,” Crucio said. (Heart Rizarri)