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'Tanods' in Sta. Rosa City show off skills in DILG's rescue competition

by Carlo P. Gonzaga
November 9, 2019

CITY OF SANTA ROSA, Laguna—Emergency response measures of barangay police teams popularly known as ‘tanods’ from the different barangays in Sta. Rosa City, Laguna were put into test as the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) local office here held a ‘Rescue Olympics’ as this year’s focus of their annual barangay drill competition held on October 28.

Given a vehicular accident scenario, tanods from the 18 barangays of the “Lion City of the South” demonstrated their response skills in rescuing victims of an emergency situation set by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO).

Showcasing their respective emergency vehicle, saving and transporting the victims in a timed manner adds up to the challenge of the competition. What made the competition more challenging was that barangay emergency rescue teams were not just saving one but three victims with different wounds and injuries.

Each group was rated based on their readiness and alertness, availability of first aid supplies and equipment, and knowledge and skills in responding to the given situation.

The emergency rescue team of Barangay Sto. Domingo emerged as the grand champion and took home P50,000 cash incentive from the city government.

The rescue teams of Barangay Sinalhan got the second place while Barangay Malitlit secured the third place. Both barangays also received cash grants from the city government amounting to P30,000 and P20,000 respectively.

Supported by the City Government of Sta. Rosa, the barangay rescue drill competition is organized yearly by the DILG local office here as part of their capacity building initiatives for the barangays.

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Melody Barairo, city director of DILG City of Santa Rosa told PIA that the competition which is held annually as culminating activity of the Local Government Month celebration seeks to assess and ensure preparedness measures of the barangays in responding to emergencies.

“Ito po ang trabaho ng DILG. We want to ensure na ready ang mga barangay, as first responders, sa anumang uri ng insidente na posibleng dumating,” Barairo said.

“As first responders dapat alam nila kung ano at papaano ang gagawin dahil ang competition ay hindi lang first aid, kasama na rin diyan yung endorsement, kung paaano irereport ng barangay ang insidente,” she added.

Aside from evaluating the response measures of barangay tanods, Barairo said the competition also seeks to encourage barangay officials to give “utmost” attention to the needs of emergency rescue teams such as tools and equipment.

The competition which was conceptualized by the DILG and the CDRRMO, according to Barairo, also targets to enhance the cohesiveness and teamwork of the barangay tanods.

While Barairo expressed confidence that barangay tanods can readily respond to emergencies, she also acknowledged the need to further improve its response measures.

For her part, City Mayor Arlene Arcillas said the city government would continuously empower barangays through initiating and supporting such activities.

Regional Director Oliva Luces of Office of Civil Defense 4A who served as one of the adjudicators, meanwhile, lauded the yearly competition saying that “this reflects the efforts of the city government and the DILG in supporting the capacity and capability of the barangay responders.”

Luces said the event would greatly help barangay tanods, who also serve as first emergency responders in times of disasters and calamities, to assess their readiness, knowledge and skills.

Recognizing the need to further refine 'tanods’ essential life-saving skills, Luces together with other adjudicators from the Laguna Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and the DILG Laguna Provincial Office, pledged commitment to support the capacity building needs of the barangays in terms of disaster preparedness and emergency response. (FSC/PIA4A)

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