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PIA Press Release
2007/04/13

PDCC Kalinga to join WASAR training

TABUK, Kalinga (13 April) -- The Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) will be sending six members from the province’s rescue team to a five-day Water Search and Rescue (WASAR) training to be held from May 7 to 11, 2007 at the Naval Forces Headquarters, Poro Point, City of San Fernando, La Union.

According to OCD Kalinga Provincial Officer Cristeta Reyes, the PDCC is taking this opportunity to enhance the skills of local rescuers considering that previous calamities especially in the capital town resulted to several flooding and landslides taking several lives in the process.

In an invitation from the Office of Civil Defense – Cordillera Disaster Coordinating Council (OCD-NDCC) addressed to Kalinga Governor Dominador Belac Sr., it stated that the training aims to develop and enhance the disaster preparedness and response capacity of local rescue teams in the Cordillera Region for flooding and landslide incidents.

Conducted by the OCD-NDCC, the Training Instruction Team will be from the elite forces of the Navy Special Weapons and Action Group (S.W.A.G.).

Among the trainings activities cover courses on Incidents Command System and Mobilization Procedures; Responding to Landslide Incidents; Basic Life Support and Management of Water-Related Emergencies; Life Saving Techniques; Rescue Boat Operations; and Introduction to Ropes and Lines.

Reyes said rescuers need to develop their capabilities in these areas to be able to carry out an efficient and competent rescue operation. After the training, the participants she said will pass on their acquired skills to the province’s other rescue volunteers especially those staying in flood prone areas.

As recalled, the province had been considered as a disaster prone area during calamities in the country. (ggd/PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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