EMERGENCY TOOLS. The Philippine Red Cross in Kalinga province has distributed emergency supplies to six barangays and five schools each in Tabuk City and Pinukpuk town. The recipients were identified to be in calamity-prone areas in the province. (Photo courtesy of Philippine Red Cross Kalinga)
TABUK CITY, Kalinga -- The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has distributed emergency response equipment, first aid kits, and information materials to six barangays and five schools each in Tabuk City and Pinukpuk town in Kalinga province, particularly those in calamity-prone areas.
“The equipment will allow our responders, even in the barangay and school level, to respond to different calamities,” said Raymund Mario Chan, officer-in-charge of PRC-Kalinga, in an exclusive interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA) over the weekend.
He said the goal is always to have zero casualty, and the supplies given will help in reaching this goal.
Each recipient unit received cervical collar, rubber boots, searchlights, megaphone, splints, shovel, pry bar, axe with handle, transistor radio, whistles, first aid kits, wet weather raincoats, safety helmets, portable and foldable stretcher, plastic spine board, leather gloves, rescue ropes, and a life vest.
“The packages were received by barangay officials and school representatives,” Chan said.
Prior to the turn-over of the supplies, PRC-Kalinga conducted a series of disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) training in 10 schools in Tabuk and Pinukpuk last Sept. 11-24, in cooperation with the German Red Cross and the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development.
Chan said the DRRM trainings were conducted in Socbot Elementary School, Magsaysay Elementary School, Calanan Elementary School, Allaguia Elementary School, Baclas Elementary School, Lanna Elementary School, Laya West Elementary School, Cabaruan Elementary School, Pinukpuk Elementary School, and Pinukpuk Central School. There were 325 participants composed of 136 males and 189 females.
Chan said the workshops included the Red Cross youth formation and orientation and leadership and development activities to establish the youth’s participation in making their communities safe. (PNA)