December 8, 2023

BONTOC, Mountain Province – The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office led the second provincial Rescue Olympics exemplifying the bayanihan spirit. 

Bontoc dominated the competition posting a total score of 91.30 percent in the seven stations where the skills and knowledge of the competing teams were tested.

These are bandaging and patient management and packaging, extrication with basic life support adult CPR, patient rescue and transport, hose laying and replacement of busted hose, flammable liquid fire extinguishment, bucket relay, and a quiz bee.

Defending champion Besao came in second with a score of 85.90 percent and Barlig in third with a score 78.30 percent.

Special awards were also given to Tadian, which was adjudged the Best in Chant and Paracelis for being the team with the best uniform.

PDRRM Officer Edward C. Chumawar, Jr. said the event was not just mere contest or a series of challenges, but a joyous celebration of unity and a testament of the values of the people in Mountain Province.  

“The Rescue Olympics is not just a competition but also a testament that defines the people of our province. Our participants exemplify the bayanihan spirit, the willingness to lend a hand to those in need, and determination to face challenges head-on,” he said.

“Remember that beyond the competitions and challenges, this event is a celebration of unity. As you work together and cheer for one another, you showcase the strength that comes from being united as one family,” he added.

Chumawar called on the participating teams from the different municipalities to continue supporting each other and collaborating with one another and to be always prepared in building safer and more resilient communities.

Governor Bonifacio C. Lacwasan, Jr. lauded the participants for joining said event and for volunteering, which he said is a manifestation of their desire and characteristic to help people.

“What matters to me most is your willingness to become a responder and in participating in this activity, this means that you have a great character of being helpful. You want to have this kind of trainings and activities so that in times of crisis, you would be able to respond,” Lacwasan said.

He expressed support to the continued conduct of said activity.

Lacwasan also donated an additional amount to each participant to cover for their operations cost and other expenses.

The Rescue Olympics was part of the observance of the National Disaster Resilience Month. – Clienteast Van B. Totanes