Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, May 12 – Twenty-eight scholars of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) participated in the recently concluded Training on Emergency First Aid administered by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) – Negros Oriental Chapter on May 6, 2022. It was held at the audio-visual room of the College of Nursing, Pharmacy, and Allied Health Services (CNPAHS) in Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) – Main Campus I.
Participants were mostly freshmen and sophomore DOST scholars. The said training is part of the Patriot Scholar Program initiative of the Science Education Institute of DOST through DOST Negros Oriental.
Ms. April Rose Ramirez of PRC Negros Oriental Chapter and one of the instructors of the said training underscored the importance of learning this skill set.
“Having the basic knowledge and skills on First Aid is very important. Emergencies happen all the time; it is best to be prepared. You’ll never know that the next life you may be saving is your own,” said Ms. Ramirez.
The knowledge and skills gained by the scholars are the starting key points for them to assist persons in emergency situations until proper help arrives. These scholars are strategically chosen to become emergency response volunteers in their respective hometowns in times of disasters as their way of giving back to the community.
One participant said she will apply them on the scene, if the need arises.
“We never know when… the people we love, or those who are in our immediate vicinity will be injured…I intend to put my knowledge and skills to use by administering first aid to victims during office and school hours, or if I am present at the scene of an accident,” said Ergielyn B. Luyas, a freshman DOST scholar taking up BSED Sciences in NORSU Main Campus I.
Another student echoed her sentiment.
“Learning first aid can make a huge difference in one’s life. It helps you prepare for a variety of scenarios by giving you the confidence and expertise to handle them swiftly, appropriately, and efficiently,” said John Harvey G. Rosales who is a freshman DOST scholar taking up BS Medical Technology in Silliman University.
DOST Negros Oriental Provincial S&T Director Atty. Gilbert R. Arbon challenged the DOST scholar participants to be true to their calling as Patriot Scholars.
“To whom much is given, much is expected. May our DOST scholars be able to exceed the expectations of many, especially their respective schools and communities, now that they have learned important life-saving skills. In a country striving to be disaster-resilient, hopefully these trained scholars will be a welcome addition to the ranks of first responders,” said Atty. Arbon. (by Marjorie B. Solon, Scholarship Coordinator, and Reinhold Jek Y. Abing, Science Research Specialist II, DOST Negros Oriental S&T Media Service)