PHILIPPINES: Youth prepare for emergencies
Volunteers take part in emergency response training at Don Bosco Technical College
(MissionNewswire) Don Bosco Technical College, located in Cebu, Philippines, organized a two-day first aid training “Common Emergencies and Basic Life Support” for youth in July. The training was held in collaboration with Recoletos University in San Jose and the Adelante Life Emergency Rescue Team-Emergency Medical Service.
Close to 50 youth volunteers came to prepare for responding to emergencies effectively. These youth were from Don Bosco Youth Center in Lourdes, Don Bosco Technical College, Salesian Youth Movement and Don Bosco Youth Center in Lawaan.
Youth learned the difference between first aid and emergency response service, the characteristics and principles of first aid, the step-by-step process of executing CPR, and about relief for an obstructed airway. A practical exam was given to participants at the end of the training.
In addition, youth learned how to make square knots, bandage fractures, splint bone dislocations and manage wounds of various natures. They were asked to master essential medical skills and also practiced carrying, lifting, and transferring patients.
A Salesian said, “As these young individuals gain the knowledge and skills to respond to emergencies and assist professional emergency personnel, they become a beacon of hope and support in their communities. By empowering youth with first aid training, a generation of responsible, caring and resilient citizens is nurtured ready to make a difference in the lives of others.”
Throughout the Philippines, Salesian missionaries offer a variety of educational and social development programs for youth. The goal is to provide the opportunities necessary to gain an education and skills training to break the cycle of poverty and retain long-term employment.
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