SAN FERNANDO CITY – First aid management when there is a burn, head or spine injury, or shock to a person; use of triangular bandage when there is a bleeding, an open wound or bone and muscle injury; how to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator in a cardiac arrest emergency.

These were among the topics discussed and performed during the conduct of a two-day occupational first aid and basic life support training, spearheaded by the Education Support Services Division,  in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) La Union chapter, held at the National Education Academy of the Philippines Region 1 scheduled on July 1-2, July 6-7, and July 8-9, 2021.

A total of 46 DepEd ROI personnel has completed the said training held in three batches.

“As you capacitate yourselves with these essential skills, I hope there will be no instance of emergency that you will utilize this; my fervent prayer that safety will always be foremost,” Regional Director Tolentino Aquino said in his message.

“After gaining knowledge and skills in basic life support and first aid, we hope that they will become confident to become first aiders as we work towards resilience-building in the office and outside during disasters and emergencies,” Jose Ritchie Perez, project development officer II and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) focal person shared.

Meanwhile, Chairperson of PRC La Union Chapter Eduardo Regala, as an encouragement, stated “we hope that for our completers in this training, you could sign up for PRC in our chapter as volunteers which are very much needed especially in times of emergencies and disasters.”

The activity is part of the observance of the 2021 National Disaster Resilience Month with the theme, “Tamang Pamamahala’t Kahandaan, Kaalaman at Pagtutulungan sa Sakuna’t Pandemya’y Kalasag ng Bayan.” (JDS)