Much of a person’s survival during disasters depends on one’s ability to act with urgency and make important decisions under pressure as well as the swift provision of medical assistance. When one is prepared for disasters, not only do they overcome fear and anxiety, but also avert great damage brought by calamities.
Recognizing the need to prepare its host communities for such events, AboitizPower subsidiary Hedcor organized a series of safety trainings for various villages in Mindanao earlier this year.
Around 70 residents from Barangays Guilang-Guilang in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon; as well as Jose Rizal and Sibulan in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur were equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to help save lives.
“I will make sure to practice everything I learned here so that in case of emergencies, I will be capable of rendering help to others and teaching the same to members of my family,” Barangay Guilang-Guilang Councilor Joy Rosana Sugalang, one of the participants, said.
In partnership with local disaster risk reduction and management offices, Hedcor conducted a First Aid and Basic Community Disaster Preparedness training, which included Basic Water Safety training, to support its host communities’ respective Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils.
Hedcor also donated medical equipment, medical supplies, and a cabinet to the barangays while each participant was given their own first aid kit.
“I’m really thankful to Hedcor for giving us this opportunity to be trained in first aid and basic community disaster preparedness,” Sugalang added.
All of these are expected to help the community prepare, manage, and strategize in the event of calamities or emergencies, especially since these barangays are located in the far-flung areas of Bukidnon and Davao del Sur.
Hedcor is the run-of-river hydropower arm of AboitizPower operating 21 power facilities in the country with a total rated capacity of 245 MW. By advancing business and communities, Hedcor envisions ‘A Better Future’ through Cleanergy, AboitizPower’s brand for clean and renewable energy.