DANGLAS, Abra, May 4 (PIA) -- Establishing tourism hub needs to consider emergency preparedness in order to readily respond to any eventuality.
Emergency preparedness is the primary consideration that Mayor Florence Denise “Doc Poyee” Bernos-Bragas is undertaking in order to comply with the requirements of putting up the tourism hub in the province.
The municipality is endowed with natural tourist spots such as waterfalls, caves, and scenic mountain ridges atop the zigzag road to Brgy. Nagaparan, a few kilometers away from the provincial boundary of Ilocos Norte that is inviting for roadtrips for motorists, bikers, and hiking for backpackers.
Over 70 volunteer responders from the barangays and the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council underwent training on Basic Life Support and First Aid through the Health Emergency Management Staff of the Provincial Health Office.
The emergency responders training aims to equip the barangays with the skills in basic life support while waiting for appropriate assistance from the government. This way, the barangays are able to attend to their own emergency needs at any time and whatever kind of calamity that may occur.
Such basic skills in emergency response are likewise beneficial to the barangays as they push to promote tourism in their respective municipalities.
As tourists, particularly motorists and bikers and backpackers, now flock Danglas to explore and experience some rare sceneries here, community folks have to be readily available and capable to respond in times of emergencies.
The preparedness of the barangays to secure their visitors is a reassuring factor that contributes to a successful tourism program for the LGU. It is not enough to have the natural tourist spots and tourism-related activities in the area to offer to visitors, but the assurance of their safety as well. Maria Teresa B. Beñas (ALT/MTBB – PIA CAR, Abra)