Rescuers from the different Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council competed in the first ever conducted Rescuelympics dubbed as 1st Governor Ryan Rescuelympics held at Quirino Stadium in Bantay, Ilocos Sur.
The PDRRMC headed by Governor Ryan Singson came up with this activity in consonance with the Metro Wide Earthquake Drill in Manila to create awareness among the residents of Ilocos Sur and prepare them for any untoward event. It also served to test the skills of the rescuers and to provide them additional training.
“We initiated the activity to equip the province in times of disaster. We need to train more rescuers in different municipalities especially to those disaster prone areas”, Governor Singson said.
The group of contenders totalling to 400 are composed not only of regular members of MDRRMs but also citizens from different barangays. The teams of each municipality competed in all the race categories. Their agility, flexibility and vigilance are measured through the different stages such as the Stretcher Run and Benchmarking or applying basic life support, first aid and Cardio pulmonary Resuscitation. It also needed their strength in the Rescue Tug. Their strategy is enhanced through the Spider Web activity in which they learned how to penetrate a collapsed building. Other activities include Squad Race, Obstacle course and Water search and rescue operation
The competition lasted for three days in which the first three winning teams, Cabugao, Santa and Sugpon received 75 thousand, 50 thousand and 25 thousand pesos worth of rescue gears and equipment respectively. All other participating municipalities received a consolation prize of five thousand pesos. “I salute the heroism of the rescuers. They are willing to sacrifice and they even risk their welfare just to secure the safety of the people”, PDRRMO Michael Chan said.
The event with a theme “Nagkakaisang Probinsya para sa Handa at Ligtas Laban sa Anumang Sakuna” was undertaken in celebration of the National Disaster Consciousness Month. # Source - Mary-Vick Addu (PIO-Ilocos Sur).