Marikina Rescue 161 undergoes intense training weeks before Manilathon 2016.
The city government of Marikina lauds the representatives of Marikina City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MCDRRMO) – Rescue 161 for coveting the championship of the 2nd Manilathon Rescue Challenge which was recently held at the World Trade Center.
MCDRRMO-161 was declared champion in the Group Challenge Event after defeating 13 different groups which consisted of national agencies, local governments, and a volunteer group.
The team showcased their skills in rescuing a victim from a collapsed structure, and proper techniques in vehicle extrication.
MCDRRMO-Rescue 161 is comprised of Ronnie Lazana, Julius Hermogenes, Marvin Hermogenes, Christian Bernal, Ross Henry Magsanoc, Michael Angelo Ong, Darwin de Leon, Al Mikhail Banhi, and Jeremiah Bernardo who received cash prize, a trophy, and individual medals.
“More than the honor, we are grateful for the readiness of our rescue team to save lives in the event of any calamity or disaster. We hold regular training sessions not only for the MCDRRMO but also for personnel and volunteers in our barangays and communities,” Mayor Del De Guzman said.
Residents in emergency situations within Marikina City can dial telephone number 1-6-1 for help and quick response.
Marikina Mayor Del De Guzman ordered the establishment of Rescue 161 Satellite Stations in two barangays of the city to immediately address possible emergency situations in the areas.
This is due to the passed Ordinance no. 02, Series of 2012, which permits the establishment of Rescue 161 satellite stations for Barangay Fortune and Nangka.
According to De Guzman, the two barangays were among the densely populated areas in the city and the establishment of a satellite station of Rescue 161 is highly needed.
As stated in the City Planning and Development Office records and based on the 1.14% growth rate given by the National Statistics Office, Barangay Fortune has an estimated population of 32,791 on 2011 and is expected to rise to 33,164 at the end of this year. Meanwhile, Barangay Nangka has a population of 37,206 last year and is expected to rise to 37,631 by the end of 2012.
“Health welfare and safety is one of the city government’s priorities. By having a satellite station, we can bring those services closer to the people and the community,” De Guzman said.
With satellite stations, the Rescue 161 can immediately conduct 5-minute quick response program which was developed to address the concerns of its constituents during emergency situations.
The city government shall provide each barangay their needed ambulance, medical personnel and other needs regarding health and safety.
As of now, the Rescue 161 satellite station of Barangay Fortune can be found in its barangay hall. On the other hand, construction of the satellite station in Barangay Nangka is currently ongoing.