La Union Police SRR team – champion in disaster preparedness competition

CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO- The eight-man Search, Rescue and Retrieval (SRR) Team of La Union Police snared the championship in the just concluded disaster preparedness competition held at the parade ground of the Police Regional Office 1 (PRO1) and Union Galva Steel Coastal Ground on March 17, 2015.

Police Chief Superintendent Roman A. Felix, Regional Director of PRO1, said that after competing in five stages such as search, rescue and retrieval physical fitness test composed of proper handling of ladder and stretcher, one man carry, and life ring throwing; basic knot tying; first aid; boat handling, and water rescue, the La Union Police emerged as the champion, while Ilocos Norte Police was first runner-up, Ilocos Sur Police, 2nd runner-up and Pangasinan Police, 3rd runner-up.

Dubbed as “Rehiyon Uno Panagsagana Contra Risgo ken Didigra (RPCRD) Challenge”, the competition is part of the capacity building efforts of PRO1 to enhance the skills of police personnel and civilian counterparts in disaster preparedness, search, rescue and retrieval operations.

“This competition is also a way to strengthen the camaraderie and solidarity of our SRR teams in responding to actual disaster,” Felix added.

Meanwhile, Director Melchito M. Catro, Regional Director of the Office of Civil Defense Region 1 (OCDR1) and Chairman of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Center 1 (RDRRMC1) expressed his gratitude to PRO1 for initiating the said competition which clearly manifests their sincere desire to save lives and properties.

He likewise stressed the value of sportsmanship in the said competition and emphasized that said event is not only for professional advancement but towards expression of compassion to the fellow men.

“The PRO1, as a member of RDRRMC1 and a frontline responder during disaster, has a corporate responsibility to hone its own abilities in order to prepare for the worst disaster. Together, let us continually work as a team in order to have safer, adaptive and resilient Filipino communities towards sustainable development,” he added.

The champion received a cash prize of P20,000.00 and trophy; 1st Runner Up – P15,000.00 and trophy; 2nd Runner Up – P10,000.00 and trophy, and 3rd Runner Up – P5,000.00 and trophy.#