Over 200 Disaster and Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) coordinators were certified as Psychological First Aid (PFA) providers upon the completion of the three-day Cavite Cluster Training of Trainers for Psychological First Aid last Sept. 11-13.

Despite the heavy rains brought by tropical depression Maring, DRRM coordinators from the School Divisions of Bacoor City, Cavite City, Cavite Province, Dasmarinas City, and Imus City were provided with basic DRRM principles, procedures, and process in connection with disaster preparedness, impact mitigation, risk reduction and management, and safety education.

The training of the DRRM Coordinators continued amidst the flooding in most lowland cities and municipalities in CALABARZON, NCR, and Region III.

“In behalf of my colleagues at the DRRM, I can proudly say that bad weather can’t put us down. Results of training evaluation from our Cavite Province’ participants revealed that they are very satisfied with what we have provided to them and I am confident the same is true in all other four SDOs,” Jay Reyes, Project Development Officer (PDO) II and DRRM Coordinator of Cavite Province, said.

Orlando Barachina, Region IV-A CALABARZON’s PDO II, introduced PFA to the participants during the plenary session. Breakout sessions followed, grouping the attendees per division to ponder on four modules, and conduct demo teaching and action planning, simultaneously.

Zoilo Handayan Jr., Bacoor Education Program Supervisor (EPS), Renante O. Salimbao, Dasmariñas PDO I-Youth Formation, Charlene Lei Esguerra, Cavite City PDO I-YF, Rheymund Samonte, Cavite Nurse II, and Theresa Yemma Calubag, Dasmariñas SDRRM coordinator discussed module one for each assigned class, dealing with validation and normalization of disaster victims’ feelings.

Dr. Nicanor Salazar, Cavite Medical Officer, Armida Quindara, Bacoor PDO I-YF, Miguel R. Melendres, Dasma PDO II, Elmer Cayas, Cavite SDRRM coordinator, and Estrella Gonzales, Cavite City Senior Education Program Specialist (SEPS) focused on calming down and controlling one’s emotion for module two.

Paul Jemeel M. Panganiban, Cavite City nurse, Adorando R. Darvin, Bacoor principal II, Josephus P.B. Banaag, IMUS PDO I-YF, Mr. Handayan Jr., and Mr. Roland Catapat, Imus principal II, taught the participants how to identify and address PFA needs.

Edner Almuradi, Cavite City PSDS, Banaag, Catapat, Reyes, and the Dasmariñas PFA team expounded module four regarding sources of strengths for people needing PFA.

Following the acclamation, the new PFA providers are expected to roll-out the training in their respective city/ municipality and to render voluntary service to people in need, particularly Marawi displaced learners, as requested. (Jonathan S. Jimenez, EPS II-M&E/ Rey Ann M. Maramag, PDOI/DIO)