PDRRMO trains 400 responders, rescue teams

About 400 emergency responders from 27 local government units (LGUs) and ten teams for Search and Rescue (SAR) operations have been fully-trained by the Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) this year.

PDRRMO presented this during the PDRRM full council meeting held recently.

In his message, PDRRMC Chairman and Cebu Governor Hilario P. Davide III reiterated his target to have “zero casualty” during calamities.

He lauded PDRRMO’s accomplishments and plans for the looming La Niña phenomenon.

Davide also expressed concerns over risk areas of the Province especially that typhoons and intermittent rain starts to occur this month.

Community-based information, monitoring and evaluation system

Eric Lopez of PDRRMO Training Division said that following the result of their planning, they have developed community-based information, monitoring and evaluation system where they profiled 400 active responders of 27 LGUs.

He added that presently, they have ten fully organized and trained SAR teams.

The office is also engaged with 31 functional ER groups from the private sector, LGUs, and non-government organizations.

A 24-hour operation center is also ready for any future contingency, said Lopez.

In response to the call for student involvement in disaster risk reduction (DRR), Lopez said that PDRRMO has conducted training to over 150 students in Basic Life Support (BLS) and formed a school-based ER team.

“We involve the youth in DRR for they have the time, passion and energy in engaging the rigorous training and duties of an emergency responder,” said Elviera Sabang, PDRRMO focal person for Education, Children and Youth.

Ladderized training modules

Cathy dela Calzada, PDRRMO ER-SAR Head, presented their ladderized training modules available to every local DRRM officer and SAR team.

She said trainings on BLS, Basic First Aid and Emergency Medical Responders are preparatory trainings for advanced trainings such as Basic Rope Rescue, Swift Water Rescue, Water Search and Rescue (WASAR), Advanced Rope Rescue and Mountain Search and Rescue (MoSaR).

Mas maayo pa dunay nahibalo-an bisan di kinahanglanon kaysa magkinahanglan unya walay nahibaloan (It’s better to know something even if not needed than need something that we don’t know),” Calzada said.

PDRRMO has organized 35 local DRRM officers from all over Cebu Province. (Topaz Chad Bacolod)