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  • Writer's pictureChristian Malnawa

Neophyte volunteer responders from Tinglayan hailed champions during Provincial Mini Rescue Olympics

Tabuk City, Kalinga – Despite being neophytes in the field of first aid and basic life support, yTinglayan volunteer responders, mostly youth, managed to snatch first place during the Mini Rescue Olympics held Monday, July 31.

In this game, which is part of the provincial celebration of the 2023 National Disaster Resilience Month, participants showed off their skills in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), bandaging, carrying victims, situational analysis, and a quiz bee wherein competitors are judged on the correctness of what they do and their speed.

Having displayed exceptional skills and speed in performing their tasks, the group beat three other teams from Tabuk City, Tanudan and Rizal.

While receiving the award, smiles were plastered on the lips of each of the team members, knowing they were all first-timers to such an event, yet they were declared champions.

To recall, the all-male responder team composed of Michael Dalalo, McGivney Basing-at, Haris Encarnacion, Jhayric Bitao, Carl Renz Tuguic, Rhey Band Batang-og were the recent graduates of a three-day first aid and BLS training held in Tinglayan earlier this month.

Said individuals, according to the local government, were selected not just to compete but also to further develop and nurture their abilities and expertise as volunteer responders in the locality.

"They joined the Olympics not expecting to win but with the mindset of grabbing an opportunity to expound their knowledge and experience. Hence, as the reality of winning set in, the participants felt tremendous joy at the unexpected victory," it added.

The municipal disaster risk reduction management office, under the leadership of Mayor Sacrament Gumilab now plans to increase the population of youth responders in the locality not just to participate in such activity but to have readily available responders in the locality who can initially respond to distress calls in Tinglayan.

Meantime, to promote resilience and disaster preparedness in the barangay, BDRRM councils will also be strengthened through series of trainings and lectures.


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