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Butuan City--The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) turned over more than P5 million worth of rescue equipment and first aid kits to a total of 12 barangays in Surigao del Norte and Agusan del Sur during the weekend.
The equipment were received by six barangays in Claver town in Surigao del Norte, namely Tayaga, Magallanes, Urbiztondo, Tagbuyawan, Mansayao, and Quezon.
On Sunday, barangays Nueva Era, Mambalili, San Marcos, Langag, Hawilian and Guadalupe in Agusan del Sur got their share of their equipment.
The rescue and first aid equipment consists of pick mattock, raincoats, medical supplies, trauma jump kits, whistle, search light, megaphone, AM/DM Pensonic Radio, among others.
The turnover is part of the five-year community capability building project in partnership with Netherlands Red Cross worth P75.6 million pesos.
Besides the 12 barangays in Caraga region, Valenzuela and Bulacan will also benefit from the project.
Other components of the project are mitigation programs, disaster management training, first aid and basic life support, disaster preparedness in school, community emergency drills, livelihood support, development of information and educational materials and capacity building for chapters and project staff.
The project would yield far better results and lessen difficulties as well as casualties in case of disasters, PRC Chairman Richard J. Gordon said.
“We are at the top five of the most disaster prone countries. In this era of just one time, on time, all the time information we need to know what is really happening on the ground. We need volunteers who would be trained and prepared in assessing the risk, report right away and provide immediate first aid support to our community,” he said.
The PRC chairman pointed out the need to be fully be prepared in case disaster would strike.
“In disaster preparedness we have the four Ps. We need to Predict, Plan, Prepare and then Practice to always be at our best in facing such situation," said Gordon. InterAksyon.com