March 20, 2017 at 12:01 am
Joel E. Zurbano
Taguig City Mayor Laarni Cayetano has ordered city government employees to undergo a refresher course on emergency responses in the event a calamity occurs.
With residents exposed to imminent danger in case a calamity like an earthquake happens in Metro Manila, the local government of Taguig initiated a series of Basic Life Support seminars and training.
“The forum aims to expand the city’s campaign to increase the survival knowledge of people and reduce the risks when disasters strike,” said Cayetano.
City Personnel Officer Jeanette Clemente said the idea of organizing a BLS seminar came partly from her own personal experience with her mother, who was found unconscious inside their house before her death in 2016.
Clemente said the primary goal of the seminar is to educate her fellow government employees on what proper procedures to do during different types of emergencies.
“These types of situations can happen anytime in our daily lives whether we are with our family or officemates,” Clemente said.
In coordination with the Taguig City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, the Human Resource Management Office launched the city’s first BLS seminars. These seminars started last January and will run until August 2017.
During these seminars, employees are educated about the various types of natural disasters and the aftermath, such as the number of casualties often left behind. They are also informed of the assigned evacuation areas per barangay, the importance of preparedness and several basic life support skills that they can use in case of emergency.
Trainers from DRRMO conduct intensive lectures about natural calamities and demonstrate simple first-aid treatments including cardiopulmonary resuscitation and how to apply tourniquets.
Taguig, which has previously conducted information dissemination drives and practical drills, is also preparing for the looming danger of “The Big One” – a projected magnitude 7.2 earthquake caused by the West Valley Fault that crosses Marikina, Pasig and part of Taguig City.
In 2004, the Japan International Cooperation Agency conducted a study in coordination with the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. The study identifies the vulnerable cities in case a Big One strikes as Manila, Quezon City, Pasig and Taguig.
The fault system is comprised of the 10-kilometer East Valley Fault in Rizal, and the 100-kilometer West Valley Fault, which passes through six Metro Manila cities and parts of the Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal provinces.