DSWD TeamBRE piloted in Tacloban City

August 10, 2013 10:11 am 

TACLOBAN CITY, Aug 9 — Fishermen volunteers of Barangays 88, 89 and 90 of San Jose District in Tacloban City recently underwent training on community action for community response under the Dept. of Social Welfare and Development project Team Balikatan, Rescue in Emergency (TeamBRE).

“This second batch of trainees numbering 26, completes the 50-fishermen who pooled themselves as volunteers during the disaster months. They comprised the core group of TeamBRE. They will be the first responders during calamities while waiting for help,” said Patricia Luna, bureau director of Social Technology division of DSWD central office.

Luna added the local government unit of Tacloban City was chosen as the pilot area of this program, along with CARAGA region which will be piloted in Surigao.

“TeamBRE is piloted in Tacloban City because of its accessibility and the LGU’s willingness to implement the program. If the project will be successful in these pilot areas, it will be replicated nationwide,” according to Natalie Manuel of DSWD central office who oversees the 5-day training.

According to Malou Dacilla, focal person of the program from the city social welfare and development office, the fishermen were selected among the thousands of residents living along the coastal areas of the barangay.

“They were chosen for their willingness to volunteer and the heart to help their fellowmen during emergencies,” Dacilla said.

TeamBRE project was conceptualized based on the call of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III’s administration for the protection of fishermen who are first victims of disasters in terms of income loss and injuries and a zero-casualty goal in times of disasters according to DSWD-8 director Remia Tapispisan.

The training modules include common hazards in the community response group, first aid and basic life support, basic search and rescue, dead body management, water and fire emergency rescue, securing family in preparing for response among others.

Some of those who participated during the orientation and training last year in Caluayan, Marabut, Samar, were chosen as part of the pool of trainors in this batch like Orlando Pica, barangay 88 captain and two others from the group.

The other trainors aside from DSWD are from partner agencies including Director Rey Gozon of the Office of Civil Defense, Philippine Coast Guard and Dr. Ronald Madera of Tacloban-based Delta Volunteer Emergency Group.

This pool of trainers will train those TeamBRE team in Caraga on September.

“We capacitated the fisher folks to be community responders. We mobilized them in rescue and evacuation of affected families in coastal barangays and other disaster-prone areas,” said Lolot Dadap, unit head of Social Technology Division of DSWD-FO8.

The DSWD also provides support services which includes livelihood assistance.

They will be assessed in coordination with Sustainable Livelihood unit of the agency.

Another support is educational assistance for the TeamBRE children.

Initially, there were 15 children who benefited from the educational assistance last year. “Starting August, 45 children will receive educational assistance. The financial assistance is P1,200 for secondary and P2,500 for tertiary students. For the tertiary level, they will be enrolled in the DSWD-SCALA program of the city,” Dacilla said.

TeamBRE also adopts the cash-for-work scheme which include disaster mitigation activities which includes cleaning the shorelines of the barangays and dredging the canals.

Last June DSWD released P193.50/day for 30 days under the scheme.

In her message during the culminating activity, Tapispisan hoped that with the TeamBRE project, the fishermen-volunteers will be empowered at managing a disaster in the community and as a whole will be more resilient. (PNA)

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