WV Responders Train on Rescue, Management of Disasters
The four-day event, which started July 21, is part of the activity engagements in view of the Pacific Partnership 2015 hosted by the government of the Philippines and held in Capiz.
Aside from the local DRRMO personnel are representatives from the Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine National Police, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Philippine Army, Office of the Civil Defense, volunteers from Capiz State University and Capiz Emergency Response Team.
In particular, the DRRM personnel from the towns of Oton, Miag-ao and New Lucena, all in Iloilo, and the provinces of Guimaras, Antique, Aklan, Negros Occidental and Capiz are in said training.
According to Western Visayas OCD Regional Director Rosario Cabrera, the disaster rescue, response and management training for DRRMOs and other partner agencies in the region aims to enhance and strengthen their capabilities in preparation for eventualities like calamities and disaster.
She said that aside from the logical support, there must be trained human resource that will be at the frontline in times of calamities.
Cabrera likewise stressed that the capabilities of both the military and civilian must be enhanced so that they can work together as one for disaster response.
Aside from the HADR, an advance water search and rescue (WASAR) training is also scheduled from July 27 to 31 for DRRM personnel in Western Visayas.
The Pacific Partnership mission in the Philippines is led by Mission Commander Captain Christopher M. Engdahl.
Part of the Pacific engagements in the Visayas leg of the mission are the medical, surgical, dental, veterinary and engineering civic action program as well as disaster preparedness, rescue and response training. (JCM/JBG/PIA6-Capiz)