The Eastern Police District launched its first ever Disaster Response Team (DRT) this day, July 1, 2019, after the Traditional Monday Flag Raising and Awarding Ceremony held at EPD Multi-Purpose Hall, EPD Headquarters, Caruncho Avenue, Brgy. Malinao, Pasig City.
The activity was graced by special guest , Dr. Melvin H. Villaruz, Emergency Medical Service Consultant, Pasig City and was actively participated by the District Chief of Staffs, PNCOs and NUPs.
This project was initiated by the office of the Chief District Directorial Staff headed by PCOL ORLANDO O YEBRA JR which was conceptualized in relation to the LOI “SAKLOLO REVISED” or the PNP Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan and shall be undertaken by the selected men and women of Eastern Police District during and after the occurrence of a disaster/calamity.
As highlighted, the EPD-DRT introduced and demonstrated basic skills needed in the conduct of medical response and rescue operations as being the forefront of crisis situations at Metro-East.
In his speech, PBGEN NOLASCO K BATHAN, EPD District Director, urged everyone to support this endeavor which was enabled to expand the EPD’s capacity-building efforts and emergency assistance in support to the Peace and Order Council (POC) and Disaster Risk Reduction Management Councils (DRRMC) in its level of jurisdiction.
Moreover, the functions of the EPD Disaster Response Team is composed of Response Team Leader, Operations, Intelligence, Logistics, Communications and Administration. Likewise, the project acquired complete training equipment for First Aid (5 days), Basic Life Support (4 days), rope and knot tying, boat handling, spine boarding and mass casualty incidents which are necessary in performing rescue operations.
“This is only one example of how Eastern Police District has its community level efforts for disaster responses can make a difference. And I believe the people behind this are the key partners and can play the crucial role to save people’s lives in Metro-East community. Let us hope that this project can save more lives and a good way to start a life with hope.” PBGEN BATHAN added.