Personnel of Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Isabela underwent a Basic Life Support (BLS) Training recently at the Piazza Zicarelli Hotel and Restaurant, Upi, Gamu, Isabela.
DILG-Isabela initiated the training in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Isabela Chapter and DILG-Isabela Employees’ Union.
The training was a comprehensive first aid course where participants learn how to recognize and manage an assortment of injuries and medical emergencies.
BLS is the first activity under the Strengthening Awareness and Growing capabilities In Protecting ka-tropa (SAGIP ka-tropa) program of DILG-Isabela.
SAGIP ka-tropa is a comprehensive program which seeks to fortify awareness and capabilities of all DILG-Isabela personnel on emergency and disaster response. Series of activities will be undertaken under the program which was also launched during the BLS training.
During the opening program, DILG-Isabela Provincial Director Engr. Corazon D. Toribio said that DILG personnel need to be equipped with skills on BLS in order to fulfill more the Department’s role as Vice Chairperson on disaster preparedness.
“The training is beneficial for all the personnel not just in our respective workplaces but also in our homes”, PD Toribio added.
PRC Isabela staff and volunteers trained the personnel on determining unconsciousness, treating wounds and burns, controlling bleeding, treating bone injuries, muscles and joints, managing shock and poisonings, preventing and caring for sudden illness including heat and cold emergencies and cardiac emergencies and management.
Also, all personnel underwent quizzes and simulation every after lecture as application of the discussions.
During the last day of the training, the participants underwent a final simulation. The participants were tasked to perform rescue operations in an earthquake-affected area. Other participants served as victims of the earthquake.
DILG-Isabela Program Manager LGOO VI Jo Ann C. Luis expressed her gratitude for the conduct of the training as every personnel needs basic knowledge on first aid in order to respond to unexpected emergencies.
Meanwhile, certificates of proficiency will be given to passers of the training.