The Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO) invited Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) as one of the main facilitators during the conduct of the 5-Day Disaster Preparedness, Search, Rescue, and Retrieval Operations (DPSRRO) seminar from October 18-22, 2021 being held at Magilas Hall, PPPO in Lingayen.
PPPO Information Officer PMaj. Arturo Melchor Jr. hailed Governor Amado I. Espino III for the overwhelming support of the Provincial Government of Pangasinan in the conduct of this seminar.
“Yung tulong na ibinibigay ng ating mahal na Gov. Espino ay overwhelming. We appreciate our Water Search and Rescue (WASAR) trainers coming from the PDRRMO and from different agencies in the Provincial Government dahil sa binibigay nilang knowledge and wisdom. Hopefully, yung ating mga personnel ay matuto at magamit in the future yung mga natutunan nila sa training,” said PMaj. Melchor Jr.
A total of 50 Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel joined the seminar. The participants are representatives sent by different police offices from the 44 municipalities, four cities, and the two Police Mobile Force Company (PMFC) in the Province of Pangasinan.
“Ang goal natin for this seminar is preparation. When it comes to disaster in every municipalities of the province, kailangan natin ng preparation. This seminar serves as an advance information sa mga tao especially mga frontliners na magkaroon sila ng idea at meron silang magagamit na kaalaman during calamities or any eventuality. So malaking tulong itong ginagawa nating training para at least mahasa yung mga tao patungkol sa paghahanda sa mga disaster na pwedeng dumaan sa ating lalawigan,” PMaj. Melchor Jr. added.
Last October 18, 2021, the training commenced through an online program where PLt.Col. Jim F. Helario, Provincial Administration and Recruitment Management Unit (PARMU) chief and PCol. Ronald V. Gayo, PPPO Provincial Director delivered their speeches while PLt.Col. Bernett M. Nabunat introduced the participants of the seminar.
During the second day of seminar, PDRRMO representatives discussed the Basic Survival Techniques that rescuers need to know when responding to disaster incidents. In the discussion, proper use of tools/equipment and post-disaster incidents was also elaborated. Another session was the demonstration of Emergency Medical Action Techniques particularly on basic life support, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and traumas such as burns, hemorrhage, fractures, sprains and luxation.
PLt.Col. Ferdinand Z De Asis, PPPO Deputy Provincial Director for Operation (DPDO), explained the concepts of the PNP’s disaster risk reduction and management plan. De Asis also elaborated immediate response of lower PNP units before, during, and after the occurrence of a disaster.
The participants also learned about the fundamentals of high angle rescue and evacuation techniques, basic knot tying and rappelling techniques, basic raising and lowering systems of various equipment, use of high lines, and they were also trained with techniques on proper patient packaging and handling.
For Day 3, the trainees will undergo basic firefighting techniques and Collapsed Structure Search and Rescue (CSSR) to be facilitated by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) while Urban Navigation particularly on map reading and use of global positioning system (GPS) will be tackled on Day 4.
On the last day, PDRRMO will be discussing Boat Handling, Water Safety, and Life-saving Techniques.
Meanwhile, the participants appreciated the efforts of the Province of Pangasinan and PPPO for making this seminar possible.
“Nagpapasalamat ako sa Provincial Government at sa PPPO para sa pagkakataong ito na makadalo kaming mga police sa seminar at sana ay patuloy pa ang pagsasagawa nila ng mga ganitong seminar hindi lang para sa aming mga pulis kundi pati narin sa mga ordinaryong mamamayan,” said PCpl. Ronnel Lontoc, trainee from Sta. Barbara Police Office.
The closing ceremony and graduation of the trainees will be held on October 22, 2021.