How to Train Your Responder! Rescuers Of Iligan

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“Night Fury! Get down!”

Big Guns of ICDRRMO

Nope, this is Iligan City and this ain’t “Berk, where it snows nine months of the year and hails the other three” but it does gets a number of typhoons, storms, and the occasional super typhoons a year.

“Responders that grow here are tough and devotedly selfless. The EMS Trainers that grow here are even more so.”

“Responders here maybe few but their true upsides is, they give their best.”

“While other places have paramedics, or emergency medical services… Yes, we do have it too… we have… the courageous rescuers of the ICDRRMO.”

rescuers and responders kit

“The disasters, MVA’s that happen here, as well as other cases, at times… may be a lot, and the responders that come to the aide here may be just a score though.”

“This is the City of Waterfalls, Iligan’s CDRRMO.”

“We’re down south, in a city that last took a beating from super typhoon Sendong.”

EMS Iligan

“But it’s been our home, and it has always been a home to the valiant rescuers, responders, and trainers of our EMS.”

 

ICDRRMO Rescuers

ICDRRMO Rescuers


Courtesy of DreamWorks Animation “How to Train Your Dragon and Dragons: Race to the Edge”

Disaster and Emergency Preparedness: Starting ‘Em Young

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SCHOOL BASED DRRM (IEC-Campaign and Drill)

A series of school-based Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, Information, Education, and Communication (IEC-Campaign and Drills) for the public and private schools in the city were conducted in August 2018 up to present by virtue of the implementing rules and regulation of RA 10121, known as the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Act, along with The Department of Education, Iligan City’s Center for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (ICDRRMO).

The school-based disaster preparedness campaign and drill conducted by ICDRRMO started last August 24, 2018 at San Miguel Village School, Palao, Iligan City. It was already on its 23rd school when it covered Digkila-an Central School and Digkila-an National High School at Barangay Digkila-an, Iligan City by November 26, 2018.

As part of RA 10121’s implementation and support, the ICDRRMO conducted the series of IEC-Campaign and Drill activities which included film showings, lectures on different types of disasters and emergencies, earthquake drill, as well as basic bandaging skills.

The importance of disaster management in schools at an early age is crucial, and it begins with awareness of disasters and preparedness in case disaster happen.

National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Framework

The Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act (RA 10121), is an Act that provides a comprehensive approach to disaster risk management through the development of a national framework and formulation of the National Disaster Risk Management Plan (NDRMP).

This master plan was implemented to provide strategies and other guidelines on how the country deals with disasters or emergencies.

ICDRRMO's Mr. Julius Q. Bado giving a lecture during the School Based DRRM at Digkila-an National High School

ICDRRMO’s Mr. Julius Q. Bado giving a lecture during the School Based DRRM (IEC-Campaign And Drill) at Digkila-an National High School (Image Courtesy of ICDRRMO)

From mere response to preparedness, the plan hopes to achieve responsive disaster risk management by 2019 in all levels — from institutional, organizational, to individual levels.

 

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A special thanks goes to Mr. Jade V. Pondang, RN, EMT-B, ICDRRMO Head of Training and ICDRRMO

Community First Responder and CBDRRM Incorporating Quality Assurance System Training Workshop

Community First Responder and CBDRRM Incorporating Quality Assurance System Training Workshop
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Barangay Hinaplanon, Iligan City – Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (ICDRRMO) conducted a training workshop in a Community-based level to increase awareness, prevention and mitigation in the event of local disasters and hazards.

Barangay Hinaplanon Captain Veronico "NIck" Echavez (right) giving a speech, with Mr. Patrick S. Nuñez, OIC-ICDRRMO Head looking on during the Opening Ceremony.

Barangay Hinaplanon Captain Veronico “Nick” Echavez (right) giving a speech, with Mr. Patrick S. Nuñez, OIC-ICDRRMO Head looking on during the Opening Ceremony.

November 27, 2018 saw the start of the three-day long “Community First Responder and CBDRRM Incorporating Quality Assurance System Training Workshop” in an effort to improve Community-based participation through an integration of program action plans for the safety and the saving of and the overall preservation of lives.

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Ms. Elizabeth G. Buna (right) OIC-DILG City Director giving a special message with (l-r) Mr. Lamberto S. Macapagal, Jr. (Supervising Head of the Tourism Office), PSSUPT Leony Roy G. Ga (Former Iligan Chief of Police), Hinaplanon Kag. Nestor S. Aquino and Mr. Patrick S. Nuñez (OIC-ICDRRMO Head).

Human Induced Hazard

Guest speaker for the occasion, former City Police Director, PSSUPT. Leony Roy G. Ga, said that pro-active measures, paying attention to our environment, staying alert, and proper reporting enhances appropriate response to man-made hazards.

Guest Speaker PSSupt Leony Roy G. Ga (right) delivering his speech during the training workshop opening with (l-r) Mr. Lamberto S. Macapagal, Jr., Supervising Head of the Tourism Office, Mr. Patrick S. Nuñez, OIC-ICDRRMO Head and Mr. Jade V. Pondang, RN, EMT-B, ICDRRMO Head of Training.

Guest Speaker PSSUPT Leony Roy G. Ga (right) delivering his speech during the training workshop opening with (l-r) Mr. Lamberto S. Macapagal, Jr., Supervising Head of the Tourism Office, Mr. Patrick S. Nuñez, OIC-ICDRRMO Head and Mr. Jade V. Pondang, RN, EMT-B, ICDRRMO Head of Training.

With additional force multipliers in the community level in place, Community-based vigilance and cooperation greatly helps counter terrorism. Information is very precious, “With your support and cooperation, we will save lives,” Ga said.

Incident Command System

Designation and defining specific roles and responsibility of Responsible Officials and Incident Commanders ensures incident safety at the community level.

Mr. Lamberto S. Macapagal, Jr. (right), Supervising Head of the Tourism Office, Cultural Affairs Office and Iligan City Traffic and Parking Management Office giving an overview in ICS during the program. (l-r) SFO1 Romano D. Tablon of the Bureau of Fire Protection, Iligan City and Mr. Patrick S. Nuñez, OIC-ICDRRMO Head.

Guest Speaker Mr. Lamberto S. Macapagal, Jr. (right), Supervising Head of the Tourism Office, Cultural Affairs Office and Iligan City Traffic and Parking Management Office giving an overview in Incident Command Sytem during the program. (l-r) SFO1 Romano D. Tablon of the Bureau of Fire Protection, Iligan City and Mr. Patrick S. Nuñez, OIC-ICDRRMO Head.

“Avoiding an incident within an incident” is crucial. The second guest speaker for the training-workshop, Lamberto S. Macapagal, Jr., pointed out that Community Incident safe objectives. Safety should always be in mind (for responders).

Community based Fire suppression Technique

SFO1 Romano D. Tablon, third guest speaker, elaborated that a “sense of responsibility towards safety and resourcefulness should be applied” in case of fire, for example.

Integration of fire safety programs in barangays is paramount. Safety education to Puroks/Barangays about fire prevention should be properly disseminated.

“Calls should come in, someone should report any incidence of fire,” Tablon said.

Guest Speaker SFO1 Romano D. Tablon of Bureau of Fire Protection, Iligan City talks about the importance of Community fire suppression techniques during the program.

Guest Speaker SFO1 Romano D. Tablon of Bureau of Fire Protection, Iligan City talks about the importance of Community fire suppression techniques during the program.

Awareness through community-based information agency, with the family as the basic unit, information and teachings about possible causes of fire and its prevention should be read, internalized, and spread.

According to Tablon, “The importance of having roads is one of the major factors that hinders response and should be addressed at the community level. The one bucket/pail of water per household for emergency use should be mandatory.”

Operation Listo and CBDRRM incorporating QAS

A Comprehensive Barangay Disaster Plan should be laid down. Such Barangay Action Plan with the LGU/DILG’s approval, should be implemented for each barangay.

Mr. Jade V. Pondang, RN, EMT-B, ICDRRMO Head of Training delivers his speech during the program.

Mr. Jade V. Pondang, RN, EMT-B, ICDRRMO Head of Training delivers his speech during the program.

With an early warning system, evacuation plan at hand, risk assessments and plans for hazards for barangay implication, in the likelihood of calamities, hazards and/or man-made disasters, with everybody’s cooperation, can achieve safety.

“A little help has a very big impact to the people” – Jade V. Pondang, RN, EMT-B, Head of Training for the ICDRRMO said.

Basic Life Support and Life saving Skills

Lecture and demonstration of Basic Life Support-CPR, Life Saving Skills: Vital Signs Taking, Bandaging and Patient Casualty Handling, Splinting and Improvised stretcher were conducted during the second day by ICDRRMO Team members Mr. Julius Bado and Mr. Rae Randolph Roxas.

ICDRRMO Team members Mr. Julius Bado and Mr. Rae Randolph Roxas demonstrating Bandaging techniques and other Life-saving skills during the training-workshop.

ICDRRMO Team members Mr. Julius Bado and Mr. Rae Randolph Roxas (seated) demonstrating Bandaging techniques and other Life-saving skills during the training-workshop.

The third day covered additional Skills demonstration for Vehicular Extrication and Helmet Removal, Q & A and Review of Skills for participating Hinaplanon Purok Presidents, Councilors and other representatives, which ended up with Scenario-based learning and Return Demonstrations of participants.

Barangay Hinaplanon participants applying CPR techniques during the Training-Workshop.

Barangay Hinaplanon participants applying CPR techniques during the Training-Workshop.

Scenario-based learning and Return Demonstrations of participants during the Training-Workshop.

Scenario-based learning and Return Demonstrations of participants during the Training-Workshop while ICDRRMO’s Mr. Julius Bado (crouched at center) and Mr. Zidrig Nov M. Pagara (standing at right) watches on.

Pilot Barangay

Mr. Patrick S. Nuñez, OIC-ICDRRMO Head, in behalf of Iligan City’s Honorable Mayor Celso Gomera Regencia, along with Hinaplanon Barangay Captain Veronico “Nick” Echavez distributed Purok First Aid Kits to Purok Presidents during the closing ceremony.

Mr. Patrick S. Nuñez, OIC ICDRRMO Head during the closing ceremony of the Community First Responder and CBDRRM Incorporating Quality Assurance System Training-Workshop.

Mr. Patrick S. Nuñez, OIC-ICDRRMO Head during the closing ceremony of the Community First Responder and CBDRRM Incorporating Quality Assurance System Training-Workshop.

This is the first time that this kind of training workshop was conducted at Barangay Hinaplanon, as the ground zero during Typhoon Sendong. It was chosen as the pilot barangay. According to Nuñez, the City Government of Iligan along with the ICDRRMO aims to put a first responder in each household in the near future.