50 Mandaue police personnel undergo search, rescue training

AT LEAST 50 personnel of the Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO) gathered at their headquarters in Barangay Centro, Mandaue City on Monday, November 14, 2022, to attend their first day of "search and rescue retrieval training."

Police Lieutenant Colonel Hugo Riu Uy Ipong, chief of the City Community Affairs and Development Unit (CCADU), said the basis for the training is to ensure the police are ready to respond in times of disasters and calamities.

Ipong said the training would last for five days and include mastery in rope knotting and rescue, particularly in collapsed structures.

Graduates of this training would be sent as first responders to help the rescuers should there be calamities in the city, said Ipong.

The police personnel who started their training would be the first batch.

Though he did not specify how many batches of police would be trained, he said they would train as many personnel as possible.

Mandaue City is known to be flood-prone, specifically in Barangays Centro, Looc, Opao, Umapad, Cambaro, Subangdaku, and Paknaan.

Just two months ago, the city was placed in a state of calamity after the overflowing of the Butuanon River that resulted in massive floods in several areas.

After what happened, at least 675 houses in Barangays Casuntingan, Tabok, Tingub, and Umapad were damaged, while 16 houses were wiped out.

The incident also left 500 families and 1,837 individuals displaced from their homes.

The Mandaue City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office said then that it would bring back disaster information and education campaigns, as well as simulation evacuation exercises in barangays to help people to be prepared should severe calamities happen. (HIC)