Twenty new rescuers from Barangay EJC Montilla finished their training on Basic Search and Rescue on Flooding and Landslide Indicents last November 10 to November 14, 2015. The said members will compose the EJC Montilla Response Team with Mr. Benedicto Ortizo, Jr. as the team leader.

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The new members were trained by the Tacurong City Responsive Assistance and Coordinated Search and Rescue (TRACER) team as headed by Mr. Jun Robles, TRACER Team Leader. The venues for the trainings were EJC Montilla, Nature Bounty Resort in Polomolok, and Tropicana Beach Resort in General Santos City. The new rescuers underwent training in basic first aid, map reading and land navigation, rapelling and extrication, swimming techniques, and 1 mile swim among others.

City Councilor Rodrigo Jamorabon presented the EJC Montilla Response Team to City Mayor Lina O. Montilla during the flag raising ceremony on November 16, 2015. With the cooperation of Brgy. Captain Amuelo Ortizo and his councilors, EJC Montilla is the fifth barangay to undergo training on search and rescue. The city highly encourages all barangays to participate in organizing their search and rescue teams due to Tacurong’s susceptibility to flooding. (Yen Robles, LGU-Tacurong)