The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of Quezon held a six-day Search and Rescue Training in the municipality of Unisan, Quezon from October 1-6. 34 residents volunteered to undergo the training, though only 18 were able to complete and graduate from the six-day program.
PDRRMC Officer-in-Charge, Dr. Henry M. Buzar discussed Disaster Risk Reduction Management Planning, Incident Command System, and RA 10121, also known as the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 during the first day of training at the municipal gym of Unisan.
The discussion aimed to enlighten the locals to recognize the risk patterns across their area and strengthen the capacity of LGUs for disaster risk reduction and management, as well as to strengthen the capacities of these LGUs in preparing and responding to disasters, and recovering from their impact.
First aid, basic life support, and knot tying were taught to those attending in order to provide them with skills that can be used during emergencies. They were also taught specialized skills like Hazard Mapping, River Crossing and Water Search and Rescue.
During the 4th day, the training venue was changed to Malabanban Beach Resort where the participants were able to put their newly acquired survival skills to use in a simulation. The highlight was the 1-mile swim that was more of a test of endurance for those who accepted the challenge. Only 5 people were able to finish the test.
On the 5th day, the volunteers were once again put to test with water treading and river crossing in open water. The training officially closed on the 6th day around lunchtime, where the 18 which completed the training were given a graduation ceremony.
The Provincial Government recognizes the importance of having its citizenry equipped and empowered with knowledge that can be used to help themselves and others, especially in times of emergency. Through the efforts of the PDRRMC, civilians who are trained become an integral part in the success of disaster management and risk reduction and serve as extensions of the Provincial Government in aiding its people.(Quezon PIO)