During the 1st Quarter National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED), Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council observers noted that while the drill was undertaken successfully in the school which was the pilot area, some areas need improvement.
Among these are on the proper extraction and handling of casualties, tagging of casualties to be able to determine priorities for evacuation and treatment, and the inspection of buildings to be able to declare when it is safe to go back to the building.
They told Principal Enrile B. Balais these gaps can be better addressed with a trained school-based responders team. The trained group will also be able to operate independently in case of emergencies.
The PDRRMC members particularly the Philippine Red Cross and the Bureau of Fire Protection together with the Municipal DRRM Office of Peñarrubia have expressed readiness to conduct the training for the PIS responders' team.
The PIS is the first integrated school established by the Department of Education in Abra. It has a total population of 751 (720 pupils and students from kinder to Grade 10; and 31 teaching and non-teaching staff.)
Balais thanked the PDRRMC for choosing their school as the venue for this year's 1st Quarter NSED and Mayor Jane Mamsaang-Cecilia for providing logistic support to the said disaster preparedness activity. (JDP/MTBB - PIA CAR, Abra)
By Maria Teresa B. Benas