Educators train on first aid, disaster prep from Red Cross

SCHOOL heads and teachers from the Department of Education (DepEd) Cebu City underwent a management training by the Philippine Red Cross to prepare them during emergencies.

PRC Cebu Chapter Administrator Maria Vera De Jesus said the training is to further enhance the partnership of Philippine Red Cross and DepEd.

“Basically, these are the features from our different divisions of DepEd Cebu City who are at the same time potential advisers of the Red Cross Youth (RCY) Council,” said De Jesus.

She said that the RCY Council is one of the signatorees of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) signed on Dec. 12, 2017, “developing young leaders and preparing them to support schools, PRC and their own community.”

De Jesus said that they are developing and molding the youth into leaders.

“We are training them to be first-aiders or responders when they reach legal age with consent from their parents, and they are already starting to be a contributor to the resiliency of their communities and schools,” De Jesus said.

“For now, we already have more than 80 youth organizations in Cebu and still growing, and we have a challenge in accreditation because of a certain required number of students,” De Jesus said.

However, accredited or not, PRC will continue working with different schools, in partnership with DepEd, which has been supporting the PRC for a long time.

She said that in terms of blood donation and awareness campaign, the PRC youth members committed themselves to donate blood until they reach 25 years old.

DepEd Cebu City Division Night coordinator Gerome Mesa was named as the in-charge in the implementation of the MOA.

He said they encouraged teachers and school heads to undergo the training to become more knowledgeable of PRC’s life-saving and blood donation advocacies.

Disaster preparedness and mitigation were also part of the training. (EOB)
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