VENUS MAY H. SARMIENTO
DAGUPAN CITY – The Philippine Red Cross-Pangasinan chapter is bent on bringing first-aid trainings to the communities to ensure that first responders to disasters are the people on the ground.
Florame Magalong, chapter administrator, said the Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction and Management trainings seek the active involvement and engagement of residents and aim to prepare them in the event of calamities.
“The law is there so we need to empower the barangay not just for compliance but more importantly, for their own safety and of the community,” Magalong told the Philippine Information Agency.
Some 30 barangays of five towns in the province namely Sison, Alcala, Bautista, Binalonan and Natividad will be the first to benefit from the program.
Part of the training will be vulnerability assessment and survey which will reveal to planners and decision makers the actual needs of a certain village.
Apart from disaster management and first-aid, the community will also be trained on values formation to instill the right values in them, she added.
Magalong said the training proposal has been submitted to the German Red Cross for funding.
Philippine Red Cross, organized in 1947, is the premier humanitarian organization in the country, committed to provide quality life-saving services that protect the life and dignity especially of indigent Filipinos in vulnerable situations. It provides six major services: Blood Services, Disaster Management Services, Safety Services, Health Services, Social Services, Red Cross Youth and Volunteer Services. (JNPD/VHS/PIA-1, Pangasinan)