To become a disaster-resilient institution, around two-hundred office professionals of the University of San Jose-Recoletos underwent a training on disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM).
The activity aims to equip the university employees with the knowledge and skills on how to respond in case of emergency situations in school like fire and earthquake.
Safety and Security Department Chief Bryan Maningo spearheaded the lecture and demonstration. He pointed out the importance of being ready at all times because disasters may strike anytime.
The module included a discussion on the standard operating procedures in case there is earthquake, introduction on the different types of fire and how to stop them, how to perform a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and what to do in case there are unverified bomb threats.
Moreover, the available DRRM equipment were reintroduced so the employees may know their purpose and how to use them.
For the regular university operations to not be disrupted by the series of training, the employees were grouped into two. The first batch were trained on March 23 and the second batch on April 13.
The newly acquired DRRM skills of the employees were immediately put on to the test when an earthquake jolted Cebu on April 23.
The DRRM training in the school context is just one of the activities lined-up by the Human Resource Management Office (HRMO) in order to upscale the employees.
Last February 16, the HRMO conducted another activity which intends the employees to learn about the provisions of RA 10173, also known as the Data Privacy Act. On February 23, a session on health and wellness was also done.
HRMO said that more activities are in the pipeline in order to level-up the skills of both the teaching and non-teaching staff.
Written by Lorraine Mitzi Ambrad
University of San Jose - Recoletos
Year Founded 1947