350 San Fernando volunteers hurdle rescue course

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Friday, July 11, 2014

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Some 350 bantay-bayan and volunteers from the 35 barangays of the City of San Fernando finished the Barangay Rescue Training course on Thursday.

During their graduation at Heroes Hall, Mayor Edwin Santiago led the awarding of certificates of completion to the graduates who underwent training on basic first aid, basic life support and basic firefighting.

The city mayor encouraged the graduates to seize the opportunity for these kinds of training.


"I believe our 35 barangays are now really ready to help our fellow Fernandinos during natural hazards. To the graduates, congratulations, and may this serve as one way of bringing disaster preparedness to the barangay-level," Santiago said.

Meanwhile, Councilor Angie Hizon, City Council peace and order committee chairman, stressed that the graduates can help assure Fernandinos of their security in the city.

"You, our barangay council and volunteers, are fortunate to acquire these kind of trainings because our mayor sees to it that the programs are on the grassroots level, straight to the barangays," she said.

The City Government also distributed "go-bags" (emergency kits) and portable two-way radios to barangay representatives for use during emergencies.

In attendance during the graduation ceremonies were Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, City Councilors Noel Tulabut, Nelson Lingat, Jacklyn Calimlim, ABC president Angel Wijangco, Assistant Regional Director Nigel Lontoc of the Office of Civil Defense Region 3, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Antonio Dungo, and other city officials.

The training’s culmination is part of the observance of National Disaster Consciousness Month as led by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) and the CDRRM Council.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on July 12, 2014.

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