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Mambajao beefs up disaster response, aid via hands-only CPR, DAFAC

MAMBAJAO, Camiguin (PIA)–Stepping up measures to respond to disasters, calamities, or emergencies, the Local Government of Mambajao launched the hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training and the use of the Disaster Assistance Family Access Card (DAFAC), March 18.

“Ato ning gibuhat nga activity para daghan kabalo muresponde in case of naa’y mga heart failures, heart attacks, sa ilang mga silingan, sa ilang balay mismo and sa barangay; nga daghan matabangan,” Mayor Yñigo Jesus Romualdo said.

(We did this activity so that many people would know how to respond in case of heart failure or heart attacks to their neighbors, in their own house, and in the barangay; that many could be helped)

He added that such skill is also important since the province expects an increase in tourist influx and many things might happen while accommodating them.

Through an ordinance, Sangguniang Bayan (SB) Member Aileen Grado said they will mandate all households, and covered establishments and agencies to undergo hands-only CPR training.

“Based sa studies, kung mahatagan diretso og intervention ang biktima or ang tao nga nag-cardiac arrest, ma-triple or ma-double ang chance niya of survival. Maong ang Local Government of Mambajao gipahingusgan gyud ni siya nga ordinansa,” Grado added.

(Based on studies, if intervention is given directly to the victim or the person in cardiac arrest, the chance of survival will be tripled or doubled. So the Local Government of Mambajao was really enforced by this ordinance)

After the training, participants will be given stickers that they will post in a visible area of their homes to show that some members of the household were trained on hands-only CPR.

As for implementing the DAFAC, Mambajao Vice Mayor Robert Jones Closas said they are targeting to tag every family who is highly at risk during disasters.

“But ultimately, tanan gyud isyuhan, but naa lang mi i-prioritize nga household, but ang goal gyud namo ani is ang tanan pamilya sa Mambajao matagaan og DAFAC,” Closas said.

(But ultimately, everyone will be issued with the access card, but we will only prioritize the households that are highly at risk; our goal is that all families in Mambajao will be provided with DAFAC)

In the event of a disaster, the access card will be shown to the local government when goods or services for relief are received. For its launch, 100 households have received the access card.

Noting its great use, especially during disasters, Closas said the local government is looking forward to digitizing the access card so it will be easier to issue the card as well as to distribute the assistance. (RTP/PIA-10/Camiguin)



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