The first aid team of the Davao City Water District bagged the first place in the Davao 4th Industrial First Aid competition sponsored by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Davao City chapter last July 16 at the SM Annex activity center. DCWD also won special prizes after topping both the problem solving and bleeding control and bandaging categories. Said competition is in line with the observance of National Disaster Consciousness Week themed as “Ligtas na Bayan, Maunlad na Pamayanan”.
Garnering a total of 527 points, DCWD beat nine other competitors including the Energy Development Corporation (EDC) in second place with 508 total points and the HEDCOR Incorporated which finished third having amassed a total of 490 points. EDC got the special awards in basic life support and patient transfer relay categories, while HEDCOR Inc. topped the splinting relay.
Other competing teams were the Mindanao Corrugated Fibreboard Incorporated, Unifrutti Incorporated, Multicon Builders Incorporated, Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines Incorporated, Jaicor Plastic Incorporated, Longridge Construction Incorporated and Master Sports Incorporated. Non-competing teams which exhibited skills in administering first aid were the Philippine Red Cross Disaster Management Services and Davao Medical School.
The DCWD first aid team was composed of Roxanne C. Sayago of the Human Resource Department (HRD) who also served as team leader, Anji Laura Grecia of the Community Relations and External Affairs Department, Anino D. Nones of the Accounting and Budget Department and Kharren Rhay I. Pala and Aris V. Cabamungan both of the Corporate Planning Department. Substitutes were Allan D. Antiga of the Finance and Property Department, Christopher N. Cagalawan of the Electronic Data Processing Department, Ernest William C. Odchimar of the Pollution Control and Safety Office, Francis Lloyd A. Bangcas of the Production Department, Matt Ronald B. Tan of the Commercial Department and Nonie R. Co of HRD. Showing support during the event were OIC-assistant general manager for administration Mildred G. Aviles, pollution control and safety officer John F. Baynosa who is also the team coordinator and HRD OIC-manager Ruth G. Jabines.
In the opening ceremonies, PRC Davao City Chair Antonio T. Uy wished all competing teams the best and thanked everyone for joining the contest. He expressed hope for a bigger competition next year which will hopefully include barangay rescue teams. He also noted that Davao City is currently organizing a risk management group, which is a first in the Philippines, that is why rescue teams such as those that joined the contest are greatly encouraged.
Baynosa noted that it is the first time that DCWD joined the contest and with the help of very able mentors, very dedicated team players and the knowledge acquired in trainings, the DCWD first aid team brought home the honor. (Jovana T. Duhaylungsod)