Volunteer rescuers to get benefits

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Sunday, July 6, 2014


THE Cebu City Government will start providing all recognized volunteer emergency responders in the city with accident insurance benefits.

The Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CCDRRMC) will set aside P1 million, charged to the calamity fund, as an initial fund for the program, whose appropriation the CCDRRMC has approved.

The good news was announced by CCDRRMC presiding officer Councilor Dave Tumulak during the opening of Disaster Consciousness Month yesterday.

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The program was attended by different emergency response units in the City. A motorcade showcased the City’s response vehicles and equipment. The City has 450 emergency responders from different units and teams from the barangays.

“The health insurance is necessary for our responders since they are doing the job for the sake of volunteerism for the City,” Tumulak told Sun.Star Cebu.

Basic benefits

Republic Act 10121, or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010, provides that local government units should provide basic benefits to its emergency responders, Tumulak said.

Tumulak said most of the volunteers are not getting pay or honorarium from the City.

“It will be a big help for them considering that their tasks are very risky,” he said.

The volunteers respond to fire alarms and hold rescue operations, among other tasks, in the city.

Trainings

Aside from the benefits, Tumulak also said that CCDRRMC can start providing training on basic life support, urban search and rescue and water search rescue, among others, to different offices.

Companies, agencies

He said interested companies, agencies, local government units and private stakeholders, including the church, can coordinate with the disaster office for the training.

“It will help them in their disaster preparedness program, which the City has also been promoting to all sectors, especially that the rainy season has started,” Tumulak said. (RVC)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 06, 2014.

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