Members of a local ERU attempt to save the life of a wounded “victim” during the simulation competition held during the recent ERU Congress at MCC sports complex, Tubod, Lanao del Norte.

Tubod, Lanao del Norte – More than 7,000 members of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) from 195 barangays of this province converged at the cavernous MCC gymnasium for the 4th ERU Congress organized by the provincial government through its Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Managemement Office (PDRRMO) in coordination with the Provincial Community Affairs Office (PCAO) and Philippine Red Cross-Lanao del Norte Chapter.

The congress was held on April 21, 2016 and highlighted by simulation exercises that showcased the life-saving skills of the ERU members as they respond to different disaster scenarios.

Each barangay belonging to the 10 identified disaster-prone municipalities have an ERU composed of a team leader and 43 members.

“The ERU is designed to capacitate those qualified people in the barangays to make them an effective line of defense during calamities and disasters. The ERU in every barangay is also our first responders to accidents in their respective areas and assist us during relief operations”, explained PDRRMMO Head Marlyn Trozo.

Among the disaster-prone towns of Lanao del Norte include Kapatagan, Lala, Baroy, Tubod, Kolambugan, Maigo, Bacolod, Kausawagan, Linamon and Matungao.

Members of the ERU were given several trainings like basic life supoort and first aid, fire suppression, and disaster preparedness.

Some members of the ERU are also identified as regular blood donors to the local Red Cross chapter. They are chosen due to their healthy lifestyle and they also undergo regular check up.

Several sacks of rice and grocery packs were also raffled off to the participants during the well-attended ERU Congress. VNL/PIO-LDN