The Country is often assaulted by natural disasters, making the basic knowledge of emergency response necessary. This year alone minor earthquakes have been threatening Mindanao and Visayas areas while yearly the country itself is susceptible by at least 20 typhoons that leave chaos and displaced Filipinos on its wake.
With increases of natural disasters, amplified potential terrorism risk, global climate change and the intrinsic-dangerous geographical location of the Philippines, it is imperative that the local government is prepared for disasters. The Philippines is subject to a diverse set of threats, be it natural or man-made, a thorough and well thought-out preparedness plan is crucial today more than even.
Two-day Emergency Response Trainings were held all-over the province that focuses to equip the communities with basic information on disaster preparedness. The Emergency Response Units should understand hazards and its counter measures; know the ERU 143 objective tasks, duties and responsibilities in the community; Acquire basic skill knowledge in first aide; can manage emergency and respond to respiratory/cardiac arrest victims and perform with confidence in CPR for adult, child and infant and finally perform proper after-care and endorsement of the recovered victim to medical facilities.
The ERU was initiated during 1st District Cong. Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo’s time of governance and now continued and empowered by current Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo with full support from the 2nd District Abdullah Dimakuta-Dimaporo.
As of now 10 municipalities with over 8000 responders have been active in Emergency Response Trainings. The PDRRMC is constantly training new participants and refreshing old ones to strengthen the units, ERU members have Members Accident Assistance Benefits (MAAB) to insure their own safety.
The Emergency Response Trainings is comprised of 5 sessions, which are “Situationer, Understanding and its Counter measures”, “ERU 143 Overview”, “Basic Life Support”, “First Aid” and “Simulation Exercises”.
Emergency Response Trainings are held at least once or twice a week to prepare the people of the province from natural or man-made disasters, the PDRRMC plans to expand the ERU-143 to other municipalities that haven’t experienced the training yet. With this pace more and more ERU assures the safety of the constituents of their area. PIO-LDN