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COTABATO province sponsors Bantay Kalamidad, Sagip Buhay training for barangay responders
The Provincial Government of (North) Cotabato through the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) chaired by Governor Emmylou “Lala” J. Taliño-Mendoza sponsored a disaster preparedness training for barangay responders in the province.
The 2-day training dubbed as Bantay Kalamidad, Sagip Buhay which highlights the provincial government’s commitment to achieve zero casualty during disasters or calamities, kicked off in Pigcawayan on August 2 and ended on October 24 at Antipas.
Bantay Kalamidad, Sagip Buhay aims to capacitate or enhance the knowledge and skills of barangay responders to ensure that appropriate actions are undertaken before, during and after a calamity.
The training will also ensure that these responders follow a unified and synchronized operational system, aware that they themselves are also yulnerable to risks.
P1.6M was provided by the Provincial Government to cover expenses on training supplies and materials and honoraria of the resource persons.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) handled the coordination with the local government units for the training, while the latter shouldered the food and training venue of the participants identified by the barangay government.
Topics included in the training module included an Introduction to Disaster Risk Reduction/Climate Change Adaptation and Rep. Act. 10121 (Strengthening the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management System, Providing for the national Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Framework and Institutionalizing the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan, Appropriating Funds Therefore and for other Purposes), ropemanship, health emergency medical services, water safety and rescue, vehicle rescue and extrication with practical application, incident command system an overview, introduction to hazard mapping and early warning system.
The 46-member North Cotabato Emergency Response Team (NCERT) of the provincial government served as the facilitators/secretariat of the said training.
Except for the municipalities of Magpet, Tulunan, Makilala and Kidapawan City which have already conducted a similar training, all other local government units were included in the Bantay Kalamidad, Sagip Buhay training. //idcd-pgo with reports from MCF/PDRRMC.
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