Disaster Preparedness Skills Training for 50 Students in Marawi Concluded

n Marawi City, approximately 50 students from five schools have recently completed a rigorous two-day disaster risk reduction management (DRRM) skills training spearheaded by World Vision in partnership with local authorities like the City Schools Division, Philippine Red Cross, Marawi City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, and Bureau of Fire Protection, this initiative aimed to empower students with crucial life-saving skills and preparedness strategies.

One of the participating students, Ashary Salic, expressed enthusiasm and satisfaction after the training, especially during the fire drill. The hands-on experience, including wearing fire gear and extinguishing fires, resonated with Ashary’s dream of becoming a firefighter someday.

Adonis Casinillo, the World Vision project manager, emphasized the significance of equipping children with DRR skills, citing the current high heat index and fire safety as essential life skills. The training focused on theoretical knowledge and emphasized practical application, ensuring that students are well-prepared to handle emergencies effectively.

Another participant, Aira Abedin, emphasized the necessity of DRR skills for self-reliance during emergencies, highlighting World Vision’s crucial role in providing this valuable training.

The comprehensive training covered various aspects of DRRM, including basic life support techniques tailored for earthquakes, fires, and other potential hazards. Participants included students, teachers, and DRR coordinators from five different schools in Marawi City.

World Vision’s ongoing support includes providing essential DRR equipment and devices to these schools, ranging from tents and alarm systems to fire extinguishers and first-aid kits. These resources create safer learning environments and ensure learning continuity amidst potential emergencies.