42 PRO1 lady cops finish disaster preparedness and SAR training

CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO – Forty two policewomen received their certificates after finishing the Disaster Preparedness Search and Rescue Ope-rations Training in a ceremony held at the Concord building here August 4.

Police Senior Superin-tendent Reynaldo G. Biay, PRO1’s Regional Chief of the Directorial Staff, said the specialized training for the policewomen is designed to prepare them for possible disaster response and deployment in search and rescue operations.

“…We need to double our preparations to ensure safety and security of our people. Our policewomen are not exempted, we trained them also as responders for any eventualities and especially for rescue operations of women and children,” Biay said.

The five-day activity included drills in simulating hypothetical emergency scenarios that require practical application of rescue skills in first aid, basic life support, boat-handling, knot-tying, deployment of life-saving buoys and devices, high-angle rescue, and removal of debris and breeching in collapsed structures.

The participants came from the different police stations of Pangasinan (10), La Union (8), Ilocos Norte (8), Ilocos Sur (8) and from PRO1 Headquarters (8).

Meanwhile, PSSupt. Marlou C. Chan, deputy director for operations, said PRO1 continuously updates its own enhanced action plan as contained in the Letter of Instruction “Saklolo” to satisfy the requirements for disaster preparedness capability of public safety services as provided in Republic Act 10121 or the Philippine Disaster Reduction and Management Act of 2010.

The said training was initiated by the Regional Police Community Relations Division of PRO1 headed by PSupt. Genaro V. Sapiera as part of the gender and development program of the FJGAD Section.#