CCDRRMO uses fraternity and sorority members as emergency responders


Members of Cebu City fraternity and sorority groups are solicited as emergency responders through the Cebu City Office of Disaster Risk Management and Reduction’s Barangayan, Bayanihan, Bolontarismo program. The photo shows the launch of the program on March 4.

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CCDRRMO) launched the Barangayan, Bayanihan, Bolontarismo program with the Cebu Inter-Brotherhood and Sisterhood Response Groups on Friday, March 4 at the Plaza Independence.

The program showcases the spirit of volunteerism among fraternities and sororities as they are trained to be emergency responders.

According to Martin Lorenzo del Rosario, the organizer of the event, the activity has been going on since the launch of the first wave of volunteers on January 22, 2022.

The CCDRRMO and BFP have recruited volunteers from fraternities and sororities across the city as part of their preparation for Fire Prevention Month, anti-hazing legislation and the ongoing recovery from Typhoon Odette.

“It all started with General Comar’s (Retired General Aderson Comar, Head of CCDRRMO) initiative to exploit the various fraternities here in Cebu City… One of the goals is to remove the stigma of hazing in the within the fraternities,” del Rosario said.

The CCDRRMO invited grassroots speakers from the city’s 80 barangays.

Volunteers are introduced to basic disaster response skills, such as providing basic hands-on instruction in life support, firefighting and rope rescue.

The program hopes to build an additional network of cohesive emergency responders not only at the barangay level but especially at the site level.

“This activity today will help them further spark their spirit of social responsibility in the community as we see them as our force multipliers answering the call of emergency residents in their own respective localities,” said del Rosario.

The training is in conjunction with the Region VII Office of Fire Protection and is one of the activities of Fire Prevention Month. /rcg


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