In celebration of the World First Aid Day 2017, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Laguna Chapter recently conducted its 3rd Red Cross Youth Division Wide First Aid Olympics at Santa Rosa City Multipurpose Sports Complex in Laguna.
PRC Laguna Chapter, in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) – Division of Santa Rosa City, trained 16 elementary and nine high schools in the province with First Aid and Basic Life Support-Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (BLS-CPR).
The main goal of the event is to produce future generations of top caliber emergency responders by training them with life-saving skills in times of emergency and disaster.
“Since Laguna is one of the provinces around Laguna the Bay, it is prone to different calamities. It is very important that you teach their people about life-saving knowledge especially the youth. We are preparing them how to effectively respond to emergency situations in their community,” said PRC Chairman Richard J. Gordon.
In the Elementary division, Santa Rosa Elementary School Central I clinched the championship plum, followed by Pulong Sta. Cruz Elementary School at1st Runner-Up, and Dila Elementary School at 2nd Runner-Up.
On the other hand, Sto. Domingo National High School hailed as champions, while SCITECH placed as First Runner-Up and Don Jose National High School as Second Runner-Up for the High School division.
The champions brought home cash prizes with plaques, gold medals, as well as spine boards and Red Cross Go Bags that can be used for emergency purposes.
The said event was sponsored by Congresswoman of 1st District of Laguna, Arlene B. Arcillas, Mayor of Santa Rosa City, Dan Fernandez and Vice Mayor Arnold Arcillas, respectively.
“Ang ating mga Red Cross Youth ang makakatuwang ng ating mga guro sa kani kanilang mga paaralan upang tumugon at magbigay pang unang lunas kung meron hindi inaasahan sakuna na dumatin. Our heartfelt thanks to the DepEd and local government of Laguna for making this event possible in providing first aid knowledge and skills to our future generations,” said Frank Gray Sorromero, Chapter Administrator of PRC Laguna Chapter.