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Fifty-four community workers and leaders of Barangay Upper Katungal, Tacurong City learned the basics of disaster preparedness and response in an orientation on Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM), and Climate Change Adaptation on June 10-11, 2013.
Among the participants were barangay officials, purok presidents, barangay health workers, day care workers, teachers, and civilian volunteers.
The activity familiarized the participants on the current DRRM situation of the Philippines and the salient features of Republic Act 10121 or the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of the Philippines. The lectures were delivered by City DRMM Council Officer Eufemia Robles and City Local Government Operations Officer Alberto Sero Jr.
Tacurong City Responsive Assistance and Coordinated Emergency Search and Rescue (TRACER) also demonstrated basic skills on search and rescue. As part of the orientation, TRACER also facilitated application of basic rope skills and swimming lessons in Marguez Resort, Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat.
“Nagapasalamat kami nga sa bisan nubo nga panahon, na-orient kami paano mag-rescue sang nabiktima sang typhoon, earthquake kag flooding,” said Barangay Health Worker Irene Gentison.
Aside from being thankful, participants were challenged with the new things they learned. “Kung kinahanglan kita, ara kita dayon kay trained kita as rescuer. Kung may emergency, responde kita dayon,” said DepEd representative Randy Oñate.
TRACER team member Sausalito Manoy hopes that all barangays will be trained on disaster preparedness and response to make the city mo disaster-resilient. “Gusto man naton nga maka-conduct man ta sang Search and Rescue Olympics diri sa aton syudad,” added Manoy.
Jezereel Louise C. Billano (LGU-Information)