Boy scouts, padyak drivers in First Aid skills Olympics
By Armie B. Gunay NAGA CITY ---Following the first Naga City First Aid Skills Olympics conducted in July, 27, 2017 wherein personnel from the barangays, academic and medical institutions competed in friendly competitions over different first aid bandaging techniques and patient/victim transfer procedures, the City Government of Naga, through the Naga City Community First Responders and Basic Life Support Training Program, once more conducted its second edition early this week, this time with the elementary and secondary scouts, and padyak and trimobile drivers as competing participants. Over 60 competing teams of student scouts and those from the transport sector participated in the skills Olympics. Mayor John Bongat congratulated the participants, reiterating that the skills they gained will be of great help in saving lives, especially in cases of emergencies. “Kung igwa nin mga mangyaring aksidente sa eskwelahan, igwa nin mga yaun sa eskwelahan na mga estudyante na may kapasidad na makasalbar nin buhay, maski man sa mga tinampo ta, itong mga drivers, tatao na mag-first aid,” stated Bongat. City Councilor Joselito del Rosario also expressed his elation over the number of teams who participated in this year’s second first aid skills Olympics. “Ini po, after po kan si training tang ginigibo, na-conduct kita ning arog kani tanganing nati-test ta si kakayanan,” stated del Rosario. The Grandview Elementary School won first place in the BSP Elementary category of the competition; Mabolo Elementary School in the GSP Elementary Category; Carolina National High School in the BSP Secondary; Cararayan National High School in the GSP Secondary and the Parkview Padyak Operators and Drivers Association (PARKPODA) in the Transport category— each team winning P10,000.00 cash and a trophy, with additional one sack of rice for the transport sector winners. Meanwhile, the building’s architect’s rendition of the soon- to-be constructed Naga City Central Command Center was also unveiled during the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. Councilor del Rosario, who author of the ordinance that calls for the empowerment of the city constituents down to the household level by teaching them with basic life support skills, had also sponsored the ordinance seeking for the establishment of the modern command center that will be equipped with state-of-the-art internet protocol cameras, radio and communication system, traffic lights control and cctv cameras, to be manned by the personnel from the inter-agency group which includes the PNP, BFP, PSO and other related units. Construction of the building will start first quarter of 2018. It is targeted to be operational before the month of September next year in time for the traditional annual celebration of the Peñafrancia festivities.