By: BA Recebido
Sorsogon City (14 December) — The Department of Education (DepED) division office here has successfully conducted on December 2-4 the 2nd Regional Training for Student Government Officers (SGO) highlighting disaster preparedness and management and emergency response for SGOs in Bicol region.
Divina Diaz of DepEd Sorsogon City, regional training coordinator, said that the three-day training held was in line P.D. 1566 which provides for the capability enhancement and establishment of a community disaster preparedness plan, and in addition to the organization of a division/school-based emergency response team where students can be active members.”
At least 400 participants, composed of student leaders and teacher-advisers from the secondary schools division of the six provinces of Bicol region, attended the affair.
During the plenary session on the first day, PIA Information Center Manager Irma Guhit presented the state of Bicol environment while Sorsogon City Fire Marshal Chief Inspector Renato B. Marcial refreshed the participants on Basic Safety Fire Tips.
The succeeding days were highlighted by massive trainings on Basic First Aid, Basic Mountaineering Skills, Team Building and Water Safety Survival Skills spearheaded by the City Division School Nurse in partnership with the City Disaster Coordinating Council and the Composite Response and Rescue Team (CCRT), a private local organization here.
“We enjoyed the training because it has increased our awareness on common emergencies and equipped us with the latest skills and strategies towards emergency care,” said most of the participants.
The students also added that the demonstration on proper handling of emergency cases provided to them were both fun and worth learning.
Diaz said that soon after the training they will organize and mobilize division/school-based volunteers and response teams that would assist in the disaster preparedness, mitigation, response and rehabilitation. Eventually, this will become the disaster coordinating council auxiliary of their respective divisions.
Diaz also averred that Sorsogon City is playing host to this year’s training since the current Regional Supreme Student Government Federation President, Sailyn Guarin, is from Sorsogon National High School.
“Hosting the regional training, at the same time, would give the city and the province as well, a better opportunity to showcase and promote its tourism products and services,” she added.
The first regional training for SGOs was conducted last year in the town of Guinobatan in Albay province. (PIA Sorsogon) [top]