12 volunteer groups receive sets of rescue equipment

THE DAVAO City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) turned over basic rescue equipment to 12 volunteer responder groups last Sunday.

During a year-ender activity, ring buoys, life vest, rubber boots, thermal water jugs, tumblers, and rescue helmets were turned over to independent volunteer responder groups. The equipment came from the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

These groups are not affiliated with any barangays and do not receive any regular funding for their efforts and operations. (Disaster responders of barangays are funded from their DRRM fund or five percent of the internal revenue allotment).

There are at least 12 volunteer responder groups in the city that are recognized by DRRMO.

“They are vital to the CDRRMO because they augment our resources and capacity during the implementation of some programs like the City Wide Simulation Exercises and especially during times of disasters,” said Lyndon Leovic Ancajas, CDRRMO training officer.

Ancajas added that volunteer responders go through trainings and drills to improve their skills and capacity.

Carlo Danilo de Leon, president of the EAGLES Disaster Rescue Group, one of the largest volunteer responder groups in the city with over 600 members, welcomed the support given to them by the CDRRMO.

“These equipment enable us to respond better and keep us safe during operations,” de Leon said.

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