Volunteers to undergo stress debriefing-A A +A
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
THE Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Zamboanga City Chapter is set to conduct a two-day critical stress debriefing for the PRC volunteers in Zamboanga City on October 24 to 25.
PRC Zamboanga City Chapter Administrator Victor Liozo, Jr. said the debriefing is important because the PRC volunteers and staff have been exposed to ‘man-made and natural calamities’ for more than a month.
The man-made calamity refers to the standoff in September brought about by the infiltration of hundreds of Moro National Liberation Front rebels while the natural calamity refers to the flooding earlier this month.
“Sometimes you can see them smiling but crying as it pains them seeing the plight of the evacuees,” Liozo said. Thousands of families displaced by last month’s standoff are still housed at evacuation centers, while some flood victims went home.
Liozo said the Department of Health will send two resource persons to assist Aida Galcejar, PRC-Manila social services department manager, who is set to spearhead the critical stress debriefing.
Early this month, the first batch of PRC volunteers underwent debriefing.
The two-day debriefing on Thursday and Friday will include the second and third batch.
The PRC-Zamboanga City chapter has some 200 volunteers who have rescued injured people during the standoff and assisted in relief operations. (Bong Garcia)