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Ifugao disaster council holds emergency response skills training

by Dan B. Codamon

Lagawe, Ifugao (12 November) -- Taking cognizance of their setbacks in past disasters that occurred in the province, the Ifugao Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Council (IPRRMC) recently held a five-day skills training on emergency response and rescue activities during calamities and other disasters.

The training held on November 8-12 at the Ifugao Provincial Engineering Building was aimed to provide proactive, efficient and effective disaster risk reduction and management in order to save lives, minimize suffering and protect properties from damages.

Coupled with these objectives were to integrate plans, policies and budget and develop and strengthen capacities of stakeholders and mechanisms to ensure the systematic incorporation of risk reduction programs and implementation of emergency preparedness and response activities.

Since Ifugao is a disaster prone area due to its geographical location and topography which is mountainous and subjected to natural hazards such as landslides and erosion brought by typhoons, torrential rains and other complex weather disturbances including man-made hazards like fire, vehicular accidents and diseases, the province has suffered great damages and loss of lives.

One fresh tragic experience was in 2009 when typhoon "Emong" hit the province causing landslides that buried homes, closing the highways and killing 16 people and injuring 19 others.

The disaster also caused millions of pesos worth of damages to properties and infrastructures and the dengue fever that victimized hundreds of people and some deaths hence this training calls for a paradigm shift of disaster approaches and strategies that entails measures to curb losses and addressing hazards and people's vulnerability to them.

The training components as explained by Mr. Rex Manuel of the Office of Civil Defense -Cordillera and Chairman of the Heart Rescue Team of Benguet include the overview of the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Program, basic first aid skill, proper care for wounds, bleedings and burns, ropemanship, rappelling, water rescue and incident command system.

It also covered disaster risk analysis, civil protection and preparedness, coordination of disaster operations and rehabilitation initiatives and the use of gears and equipments during rescue operations.

The training was funded from the 2010 calamity of the province with 50 participants coming from the member agencies of the IPRRMC.

After the training, the participants are expected to have gain knowledge on disaster management and emergency response and also become resources persons for local disaster organizations. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]

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