(Photo courtesy: Palawan PDRRMO Facebook Page)
The 'Management of the Dead and Missing' training conducted by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), attended by all key players of the Palawan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council. (PDRRMO/Palawan)
PUERTO PRINCESA, Palawan, July 19 (PIA) --- Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) aims to equip responders on operational challenges such as lack of knowledge and proper care, protection in handling the retrieved bodies and missing victims in the aftermath of the disasters.
All key players of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (PDRRM) council in Palawan participated in the five-day training on the 'management of the dead and missing'.
The participants were composed of representatives from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Coast Guard, Philippine National Police (PNP) Maritime and Crime Laboratory, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and other response organizations participated in the training. The group was the first LGU to avail such kind of training.
The activity was conducted by the Local Government Academy (LGA), in partnership with the Disaster Information Coordinating Center (CODIX) of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Central Office.
"Following the recent experiences during typhoon Vinta that hit Mangsee [island] in Balabac - there where deaths, missing folks, some of bodies we recovered are unidentifiable. With that, during those times, we lack training, we really need this, we don't have capacity to secure the body and to maintain their identity for the future identification process, that's why we requested the DILG to conduct the training," Jeremias Alili, head of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office said during Kapihan sa Philippine Information Agency (PIA).
"We conducted a lot of trainings for our responders: mountain, water search and rescue; collapse structure search and rescue; and basic life support standard first aide training. We now also have the capacity to conduct these training, with support from the DOH (Department of Health), PRC, PCG, Wescom (Western Command) and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)," Alili said.
He also added that with 154 trained and licensed emergency medical technicians (EMT), Palawan PDRRMO has the largest number of EMT in Mimaropa Region. (LBD/PIAMIMAROPA-Palawan)