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EmergencyTwenty-two willing, able and determined municipal and barangay representatives took the call to enlist in the 5-day Emergency Medical Responder’s Training initiated by the LGU- Dalaguete through the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and conducted by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office held at the MANRO Bldg. last March 8-12, 2016.

The supposed seven-month training fused in five days provided the foundation of proper and safe handling of any emergencies that may be experienced in the locality. PDRRMO Training Unit Head Joel Sisa with his staff Jesuel Pesquera, Jhun Ricanil, Alik Yao and Crista Mae Hermosa, made sure that every participant realize that the task of an Emergency Responder should be taken seriously as it involves saving lives and properties as well as mitigating the negative impact of any disaster may it be natural or human induced. As members of the Emergency Response Team of the Cebu Provincial Government, the participants were able to experience a training that addresses day to day emergencies that may arise at home or at work.

The training was delivered through Classroom Lectures with Experimental Learning on pre-programmed Field Training Exercises (FTX). As the participants need to be physically fit, their mornings begin with early morning exercises followed by ten-minute jogs. A recap of the previous lectures every morning followed by exams then lecture and practical applications that may last until the evening was the routine. The participants were housed at the MANRO Building in the duration of the training to maximize the time with the trainers to acquire and hone necessary skills needed to be an emergency medical responder.

A simulation exercise held last March 12, 2016 between 8:00AM to 12:00NN was done as part of the culmination. The area utilized were the vicinities of MANRO and the street along Julio Cardinal Rosales Memorial Hospital (JCRMH), St. William of Aquitaine Parish Church up to the corner of that street. Accident scenarios with victims were staged to measure, gauge individual learning and insights of the participants. During the activity municipal service vehicles including one ambulance were used. Police officers were requested for assistance in crowd control as the activity might cause panic to the unaware public. After the simulation, participants were then given certificates based on their performance in the training.

Accidents, disasters, threats to life and property could happen anytime anywhere. With the newly trained emergency medical responders the municipality could hope to have reliable people to deal with these crises should the need arise.

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