Israeli starts emergency training in Cebu

Key emergency responders in Cebu started its “most expensive” five-day workshop on Friday, April 25.

Held at the Montebello Villa Hotel, Cebu City, the workshop was sponsored by the Israeli Government for free.

Governor Hilario P. Davide III and Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines Menashe Bar-on attended the opening ceremony of the workshop.

“The provincial government of Cebu is grateful to the government of Israel for sharing their knowledge and expertise on disaster and mass casualty incident (MCI) preparedness.” Gov. Davide said.

He said he is confident that the workshop will provide “significant inputs to our plans and strengthen our capacity to respond to future calamities and disasters.”

Capitol Task Force Paglig-on Czar Baltazar Tribunalo Jr. said the workshop is the “most expensive” due to travel cost. The government of Israel budgeted at least $30 thousand for the experts.

Some 40 participants are listed to join the Mass Event and Disaster Preparedness Workshop for Key Players in the Philippines.

They came from the local government units in Cebu, non-government organizations, law enforcement agencies, bureau of fire, hospitals, and private companies.

The participating LGUs are the cities of Bogo, Cebu, Carcar, Cordova, Toledo, Danao, Naga, and the town of Argao. Mining company Carmen Copper, Tsuneishi Heavy Industries, and Aboitiz Land also joined the workshop.

Tribunalo said the mixture of participants indicates that people from public and private sectors are indispensable in the disaster preparedness and management.

“We need to engage the private sector. The government can’t do it alone,” he said.

A team of three Isreali experts and international lecturers flew to Cebu to administer the lectures and simulations. Some of the subjects are Triage and Triage simulation, medical management, search and rescue, forensic medicine, legal and ethics aspect of disaster, population behavior, and Mass communication in mass casualty incident.

The workshop will end on April 30. By then, the participants are expected to come up with a cooperative doctrine and protocols.

Amb. Menashe said this is the best team that they can provide for the workshop. He assured they will give the participants the best tool that they can also share ito other parts of the country.

The lecturers are Odeda Benin-Gorin, a registered nurse and Israeli senior consultant for Trauma, Disaster and Emergency Preparedness; Dr. Chen Kugel, MD, a forensic medicine expert and Yehiel Kupershtein, an emergency management expert.