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MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, October 10 (PIA) – In its effort to reduce casualties in times of emergencies particularly during calamities, the provincial government hastened to equip barangay folks with emergency response skills being the first responders in their barangays.

According to Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer Danilo Atienza, the provincial government thru the leadership of Provincial Governor Roger Mercado has slated for all the barangays across the province to undergo the Barangay Disaster Response Training until early next year.

To date, there are already 29 barangays based in Maasin City that have undertaken the emergency response trainings and have even organised well- trained respective barangay disaster response teams, it was learned.

Each barangay participants were composed of barangay punong chairman, barangay nurition scholars, barangay tanod, purok chairmen and barangay kagawads.

At the start of each training activities, PDRRMO Atienza presented the hydrological and meteorologicl hazards, climate change adaptation and proper waste disposal management. Unsegregated waste disposal is one of the sources of methane gas,one of the greenhouse gases responsible for the global warmth.

The three-days training includes the lecture and demonstrations of basic life support such as first aid, guidelines in giving emergency care,patient casualty handling, methods of transfer, drressing and bandaging techniques, fracture and splinting echniques, medical emergencies, heart attack and cardiac arrests, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, among others, Atienza said.

At the end of each training, the formation of Barangay Disaster Response Team (BDR) are already in place for each of the 29 barangays so far, he added. (ajcPIA8 SoLeyte)