ACDI MPC Intensifies Water Search and Rescue (WASAR) Training
Under the heat of the sun on the deep blue water of Cabula River, 40 volunteers maneuvered their reflector zed rubber boats adeptly as they took turns jumping into the water, in a search and rescue training exercise to save people from drowning. Rescued persons were unconscious and were immediately given cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
The rescue scenario was the highlight of the one-week Water Search and Rescue (WASAR) training organized by ACDI Multipurpose Cooperative together with TOG 10/505th Search and Rescue Group and PhilHealth at Brgy Puntod, Cagayan De Oro City last July 28 to August 3, 2014 in preparation for disasters, especially with the typhoon season.
WASAR has been designed in conjunction with local government agencies and different rescue groups with the aim of providing personnel who may be working near water with sufficient knowledge to be aware of the hazards created by the environment and develop an understanding of basic life support and water rescue techniques.
ACDI MPC was also awarded by Cooperative Development Authority- Region 10 the highest degree of excellence to the essence of transformative cooperative during the WASAR.
ACDI MPC is a staunch advocate of disaster preparedness and believes that there is a real need to have more fully trained volunteers in every barangay in the country. With a disaster prone country like the Philippines that is plagued by a disasters such as landslides, earthquake and cyclones every year, the need to empower every adult citizen with life-saving skills is urgent.