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Bagobo-Tagabawa IPs train to respond to emergencies

Thirty leaders from the Bagobo-Tagabawa indigenous people’s (IP) community were sent by Hedcor Sibulan on two-day first aid training. The location of their community at the foot of Mount Apo in Davao del Sur side is far from the nearest medical center.

“We feel the need to train our IP partners from the community with first aid procedures due to their distance from the city’s hospitals and authorities”, said Rolando Pacquiao, Hedcor Vice President for Mindanao Operations.

“This training gives us the confidence to provide with first aid care to our colleagues. We would no longer be hesitant to help because we are now well-equipped with basic first aid procedures,” said IP chairman Datu Rogelio Manapol.

Hedcor provided each participant with a first aid kit while the adopted barangays received some medicines, first aid supplies and storage cabinets. On the last training day, tribal leaders and members underwent assessment examination and earned a Red Cross certification, verifying that they are now bona fide first aiders.