DSWD eyes sensitivity training for public on victims of emergencies, calamities

January 27, 2011 12:10 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 27 – Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman is mulling the possibility of holding sensitivity seminars for the public so that they would know on how to assist victims of man-made and natural emergencies.

Soliman made the statement following the blast that killed five people and injured 13 others in Makati City last Tuesday.

She said that the efforts will focus on having motorists and taxi drivers stopping to help victims instead of ignoring them, like what many others did during that fateful day.

"We have to have an orientation on the ground, for Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and traffic aides, and for taxi drivers and motorists. On Tuesday, many of them ignored the victims and tried to act as if everything were normal. We must train our citizens to act appropriately," Soliman stressed.

The DSWD chief noted that many traffic aides and MMDA personnel did not help the blast victims.

Soliman said the orientation may also help improve the government's response time to emergency and trauma situations.

Meanwhile, the DSWD chief said that the agency is providing financial, medical, and psychological assistance to the victims and their immediate families.

“We will pay for all the expenses to ensure that their physical and psychological welfare are addressed,” Soliman added. (PNA) scs/PFN


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