The Occupational Health and Safety Standards Committee of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs (OHSSC-OVCCA) spearheaded a four-day first aid training, participated in by staff members from various offices of UPLB, held from 29 August to 1 September 2017 at the University Police Force (UPF) Headquarters.
Experts from the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) – Laguna Chapter, namely Mr. Romnick Rivera and Ms. Emmalyn Añonuevo, served as resource persons who trained the participants on performing standard first aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and on using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
During the training, the PRC made use of prosthetic makeup to make the emergency situations to be addressed by the participants more realistic.
According to Prof. Garry Jay S. Montemayor, chair of OHSSC, the training was held as part of the disaster risk reduction and management efforts of the committee. It specifically aimed to equip staff with the skills necessary to provide first aid care for injured or ill individuals until paramedical personnel or advanced medical aid arrive to transport patients to a healthcare facility.
He added that they are hoping that the participants, who have been conferred first aid certifications by the PRC, will be able to help the University Health Service (UHS) in its first aid functions in the future.
The training was participated in by 21 staff from the UPF, UPLB Housing Office (UHO), UP Rural High School (UPRHS), University Planning and Maintenance Office (UPMO), College of Engineering and Agro-Industrial Technology (CEAT), and the UPLB Main Library.
Majority of the participants were from the Operations Sections of the UPF, who have also undergone extensive trainings in rescue operations and disaster response. On the other hand, the participants from the UHO will be serving as first aiders in the dormitories of UPLB. (Miguel Victor T. Durian, with reports from Engr. Joseph A. Pagtananan)