To further equip themselves with the necessary skills to respond during emergencies, members of the Society of Communicators and Networkers, International (SCAN) in the Ecclesiastical District of Leyte East, underwent a training-seminar on Basic Water Search and Rescue (WASAR).
It was held from October 14 to 16 at Brgy. Bislig, Tanauan, Leyte, Philippines, followed by a culminating activity on October 27, 2021 at Barangay 74, Nula-tula, Tacloban City.
Agustin Ballo, SCAN officer and Executive Officer of the Civil Disaster and Emergency Management Team (CDEMT) of Tacloban City, served as the keynote speaker. Emilio Dinglasa Jr., CDEMT Rescue Team Leader, assisted during the training-workshops.
The participants learned life-saving skills which they demonstrated during the culminating activity. These included construction of an improvised water-flotation device, proper resuscitation procedures, as well as the prescribed methods of lifting and carrying an injured or unconscious victim, among others.
During the culmination ceremony, 48 SCAN officers and members received a certificate of training for having completed the WASAR course. They hailed from the local congregations of Tacloban City, Palo, San Jose, Tanauan, New Era, and Bislig.
“I learned a lot. Knowing how to save quickly drowned people is timely, more so now that calamities in our country keeps coming one after another, sometimes even simultaneously, and our province is not new to that,” said Wilson Harley Cabrito from the Local Congregation of Palo.
On behalf of the SCAN in the district, Deodato Aldamia Jr. said, “I wholeheartedly thank the Church Administration for providing us these training that have truly equipped us for the betterment of the performance of our Church duties while being of help to our fellowmen, Church members or not, who are in need.” — With reports from INC News Section