SEPTEMBER 13, 2012–National Service Training Program students took part on this year’s Global Disaster Preparedness Program Seminar with the objective to prepare participants to respond during calamities.
The Commission on Higher Education, in partnership with Community Health Education Emergency Rescue Services (CHEERS) decided to work in partnership in strengthening information dissemination about disaster preparedness to students across the Philippines.
The discussion was led by Von Ryan Rodrigo and Ryan Wilson Abedela, both registered nurses and trained rescuers.
Participants were given an overview about the destructive effects of nature, a recap of the typhoons that had left a number of Filipinos homeless with a considerable rise in death rates (Ondoy, Sendong and Ramil), and brief education on basic life support and preparedness.
The lecturers encouraged the use of Go Bag, a survival kit that contains flashlight, whistle, radio, emergency medicines, food, clothes and other life-saving materials and equipment. The use of Automated External Defibrillator or AED was also emphasized. This device can check the heart’s rhythm and send electric shock in victims having sudden “cardiac arrests.”
Meanwhile, alternative materials were also discussed, which includes the use of sanitary napkins as alternatives for gauzes. This is because of their absorbent quality and handy size. Lectures on first aid were also conducted.
“Active interaction with the students is actually not enough if they will not undergo proper and thorough training. Kumbaga, patikim lang ito sa mga gagawin sa GDPP,” says Abedela.
“Ang mga estudyante ang susunod na mga lider. Kayo ang susunod sa amin,” adds Rodrigo.
CHEERS is the only agency accredited by CHED to conduct such trainings and reach out to students from various provinces and municipalities.