CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO — “We should keep a united front, not only against criminality but also against disasters and calamities, both natural and manmade.” Thus emphasized Police Chief Superintendent Orlando M. Mabutas, Regional Director of Police Regional Office 1 (PRO1), during the opening ceremony of the Water Survival and Rescue Operations Training held at the PRO1 Grandstand.
The three-day training, initiated by the 1st Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) headed by Police Senior Superintendent Tito G. Dacpano, has as participants 20 RPSB personnel, 4 policemen from the La Union Police Provincial Office, and 10 civilian members of Barangay Peacekeeping Action Teams (BPATs).
They will undergo instruction on Basic Rescue Strokes, Rescue and Survival Techniques, and Basic Boat Handling.
General Mabutas, who was the guest of honor and speaker, observed that the conduct of the training gains added urgency in view of last year’s experience with typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng. “A major thrust of our PCR efforts today is the organization and mobilization of BPATs as our partners in undertaking five component activities, one of which is Disaster Management. Kaya napapanahon talaga ang pagsasanay na ito, lalo na nga at magkasama pa ang ating mga BPATs at kapulisan.”
The Regional Director encouraged each of the participants to actively participate in all phases of the training. “Train with enthusiasm and genuine desire to learn. Strive to master all the various life-saving skills that will be imparted to you by your trainors. Isipin ninyo lagi na ang lahat ng matutunan ninyo ay hindi lang para sa inyong sarili kundi upang lalo pa ninyong mapagbuti ang inyong paglinglingkod sa bayan,” he stressed.
Meanwhile, PSSupt. Dacpano said that the 1st RPSB initiated the training to prepare his men to properly respond during disasters and calamities, and enhance their skills in saving other people’s lives. “We are saddled by lack of search and rescue equipment, as was evident during the previous typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng. Even so, we need to train our personnel to make successful rescue operations despite insufficient equipment,” he explained.
General Mabutas also underscored in his message the need for all personnel to undergo training before they are deployed. “Everybody should be physically fit and must possess one very important attribute: discipline,” the Regional Director pointed out.