Thirty personnel of the DA-Philippine Carabao Center (DA-PCC) have been designated as the agency’s official first aiders should emergencies arise after completing the four-day training course on basic life support and standard first aid on May 2-5.
Through its Management Systems Audit Office, the DA-PCC organized the said activity in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Management System’s rule on the required training for the agency’s first aiders and health personnel.
The DA-PCC tapped the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Nueva Ecija Chapter to conduct the training wherein the participants acquired several life-saving skills. They were trained in first aid basics, particularly on how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with an automated external defibrillator (AED).
Aside from a series of lectures and discussions, the participants also underwent practical exercises on effective emergency procedures such as the safest first aid methods of moving and lifting a patient, bandaging and splinting, and immobilization, among others.
Rey Lovell Sabado and Jean Pascual of the PRC served as safety service instructors during the training. They emphasized the importance of having the ability to act in an emergency and save a life because “minutes matter.”
Ismael Gajonera, DA-PCC administrative assistant and one of the participants, said he was grateful to the management for giving him the chance to learn how to deal with emergencies with confidence and be able to give life-saving care when it’s needed most.
After the training and evaluation, the PRC will issue valid ID cards and certificates of competence to the participants.