South Cotabato trains emergency, disaster responders


South Cotabato Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) has trained at least 20 individuals for proficient search and rescue operation and disaster response.

The five-day training held last week allowed trainees to undergo various exercises, such as water rescue, building rescue, accident rescue, and other pressing untoward incidents.

Staff from PDRRMO and Municipal DRRMO Norala participated in the training.

Rolly Doane C. Aquino, PDRRMO Operations and Warning Chief, said the office needs equipment and knowledgeable rescuers to strengthen emergency situation.

“Ang main objectives naton sang aton nga training is that our responders and rescuers from the PDRRMO and the MDRRMO will be equipped of the knowledge and ability when, if in case, a tragedy and disaster will happen in the province of South Cotabato, our team will be knowledgeable enough for their response on field,” Aquino said.

More batches of rescuers will be trained specifically on basic life support and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, he added.

Aquino said PDRRMO is also proposing for a 24-hour rescue service to immediately respond to any form of disaster and road crash.

He said the plan is set for three shifts a day. The team is composed of a driver and two responders, needing nine personnel per day.