ERT SUMMIT. Some 120 students learn about the concepts and principles of different rescue techniques and basic life support techniques in disaster situations in Borongan City on July 11-12, 2019. (SDC/PIA 8-Eastern Samar)

BORONGAN CITY, July 24 (PIA) — The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) of Borongan City conducted a two-day secondary school Emergency Response Team (ERT) Summit on July 11–12, 2019 at the Borongan People’s Center, this city.

Some 120 selected secondary school students joined the summit.

Engr. Jaime J. Voces, Community Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer (CDRRMO), disclosed that the two-day activity taught the students the concepts and principles of different rescue techniques and basic life support techniques in any disaster situation.

“ERT is one of the pre-disaster activities or actions and measures that are executed in the context of disaster risk reduction and management and are based on sound risk analysis,” Voces said.

The CDRRMO  further said  that the specific objectives of this summit are to familiarize the students of some first aid and basic life support principles and techniques; and to recognize, enhance and strengthen the capacities of secondary school ERT in terms of disaster preparedness and response.

The delivery mode of training are more on interactive lecture, discussion, workshops, structured learning exercises, and demonstration.

At the end of the summit, the participants gained knowledge, skills and attitude, essential for the application of basic concepts and principles of different rescue and basic life support techniques.

The participants received certificates of participation indicating that the participants have been trained in basic life support (including CPR) and first aid measures.

Claire Montes, one of the participants, said that she will relay the knowledge and skills learned to her schoolmates.

Meanwhile, the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) invited the CDRRMO to a two-day Survival Seminar Workshop for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) on July 16-17, 2019 at the CSWDO.

Some 35 PWDs together with their parents attended the seminar workshop.

During the seminar, the CDRRMO discussed the importance of disaster preparedness for PWDs in order to protect their home and family. 

The topics stressed the importance of being prepared, having a plan in place and emphasized the importance of family preparedness.

Another topic is to handle events and other life-threatening incidents. 

The Basic Life Support (BLS): the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid is designed to provide course participants with foundational knowledge and teach skills needed to perform CPR and other life saving skills.

“Disaster preparedness can prevent the loss of lives and properties,” Engr. Voces said. (  Samuel D. Candido /PIA-Eastern Samar) 


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