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Ifugao holds 3-day disaster management training

by Dan B. Codamon

LAMUT, Ifugao (29 October) -- To further strengthen their capability and renew their knowledge in disaster management and response, members of the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council attended a three day special skills training on search and rescue and disaster response and management at the Ifugao State College of Agriculture and Forestry compound in Barangay Nayon, this town.

The training was jointly conducted by Army Reserve Command, Bureau of Fire Protection and the Provincial Social welfare and Development Office on October 26-28.

Subject matter included in the training are the functional roles during calamities, organization of search and rescue team and operation, techniques and application of first aid and life support on injured, sick and casualties.

It also included lectures on evacuation operation, relief operation, selection of evacuation sites, damage control, security at disaster areas, hygiene and sanitation and removal of debris and obstructions.

The trainees were also briefed on the types and uses of rescue equipments, their care and maintenance during and after their use.

Procedure in handling natural disaster, rescue from landslide, cave-ins, waters and rescue by helicopters and handling of victims were also explained however in the theoretical aspect only as the disaster council is still wanting from these facilities.

Ifugao has experienced calamities and disasters and the most recent was a landslide in the municipality of Hingyon which buried two houses and killed nine people.

Although the disaster councils responded, they found out after an evaluation meeting that they still lack many things that must to be addressed in order that they will be more effective and capable.

The PDCC plans to purchase other equipments and facilities for their use during calamities and disasters after the training. (PIA Ifugao) [top]

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