The wireless unit of PLDT, Smart Communication has organized an emergency response and management training for students at the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines in Cagayan de Oro City (USTP-CDO).

The whole-day workshop was a “training of trainers” that equipped the students with skills to be able to conduct their own preparedness lessons for members of their communities.

The activity is part of the company’s Tropang Ready Program, a nationwide caravan of Smart’s TNT brand, which tours schools in the Philippines to teach the youth (tropa) the importance of disaster preparedness.

TNT Tropang Ready is an initiative under Smart’s advocacy for a #SafePH, which promotes preparedness through mobile solutions and on-ground activities to help communities mitigate disaster risks.

A student tries her hand at using a fire extinguisher during the TNT Tropang Ready “training of trainers” activity at USTP-CDO.

Last year, a large population of students at USTP in Cagayan de Oro was stranded inside their campus as heavy rains and neck-deep flooding hit the city. A few weeks later, more than 2,000 students attended the TNT Tropang Ready disaster preparedness caravan initiated by Smart at their university. The event featured talks and disaster preparedness lessons by emergency management experts and representatives from the local government, disaster risk reduction and management office, University of the Philippines Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (UP Noah) Center, and Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvocs) among other organizations.

For the training of trainers activity, which was the second phase of the Tropang Ready Programs, Smart tapped the expertise of Louie Domingo and Tan Palma of Emergency Management Center. They thought the participants how to prepare for and what to do during typhoons earthquakes, landslides, and tsunamis, among other calamities.

Among the lessons, they taught the students were first aid and self-defense techniques, pointers on how to assemble a “Go Bag” or an “e-Balde”, an emergency kit meant to help an individual or a family survive the next few days following a calamity. The kit included canned food water, flashlights, batteries, cell phone and an umbrella, among other essentials.

A day before the event, media practitioners and bloggers were also invited to a half day of training for their own emergency preparedness as well as helps disseminate and pass along the training they learn.

Check out this video to learn how to make your paracord bracelet for fashion as well as for emergency purposes:


Mike A.
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