March 3, 2024

Children can save lives too.

More than 150 children participated in the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) roadshow on July 23 at the Baguio Athletic Bowl.

Despite overshooting the target attendance of 100 participants, the Baguio City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and partners spearheading the event welcomed those eager to learn the ropes of disaster management.

CDRRMO Officer-in-Charge Antonette Anaban said the activity aims to educate children on disaster management and increase their self-confidence and survival skills during emergencies and disasters.

The first 100 registrants were given “go bags” containing a flashlight, whistle, and basic first aid kit.

In the sessions, the children were taught how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation and to administer first aid.

A demonstration on the use of an ambulance oriented them on the different items used in an ambulance during emergencies facilitated by the Baguio City Emergency Medical Services (BCMES) and the Baguio-Benguet Public Information Civic Action Group (BB-Picag).

The Baguio Fire Department allowed the participants the chance to explore the fire engine and embark on a rappelling challenge.

Other featured activities were movie shows and lectures on fire safety and crime prevention tips.
“These DRRM learning experiences can contribute to increasing their family’s and the community’s resilience to disaster. We hope the knowledge stays with them as we pray that no calamities will strike that will give them the opportunity to use it,” the CDRRMO said.

The roadshow was conducted by the CDRRMO in partnership with the CDRRM Council members, namely the Bureau of Fire Protection, BCEMS, Baguio City Police Office, BB-Picag and Kabalikat Civicom. The activity was part of the National Disaster Resilience Month celebration. – PIO release