CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO – Forty-one police personnel of Police Regional Office 1 (PRO1) trained for five days in Water Search and Rescue and Rubber Boat Operation and Maintenance (WASAR- RBOM) to become competent rescuers in water-related disasters.
The trainees, three Police Commissioned Officers (PCOs) and 38 Police Non-Commissioned Officers (PNCOs) are all assigned at Regional Public Safety Battalion 1 (RPSB 1).
Lectures and practical exercises focused on lifesaving rescue techniques and rubber boat operations and maintenance.
PRO1 director Police Chief Superintendent Franklin Jesus B. Bucayu pointed out that only 1/4 percent of the regional police are trained in WASAR and RBOM, thus, the training is a great step to equip them to become more effective, systematic and capable in times of emergencies and calamity-related operations
“We really need to double our preparations to ensure that our communities are safe and secured, and we should also keep a united front, not only against criminality but also for disaster preparedness, both natural and man-made,” he stressed.
The regional director also expressed his gratitude to the members of the Coast Guard District North Western Luzon under Capt. Leopoldo V. Laroya and the Philippine National Red Cross for forging partnership with the PNP in such training. He likewise gave credit to the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) and the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) headed by Director Melchito Castro for the support and cooperation that made the realization of such training.#