The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office has trained 33 members of the Indigenous communities on comprehensive Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training at Hope Mountain in Ulas, Talomo District, Davao City from April 9-13.

The training was conducted in collaboration with Kalayag Child Care and Youth Community Shelter Inc.

Davao City Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) Head Alfredo Baloran, in an interview with, the City Information Office, said that the IP children were taught proper first aid.

The training aimed to equip indigenous peoples to become first responders in times of disasters and calamities.

“Gitudloan sila paano mag-alsa, paano magtabang..helpful kaayo para ma-enhance ang capacity sa responders sa emergency ug ilang mahibaloan dili lang ang practice nila, kailangan og scientific method of medical application (They were taught how to lift, how to help others.. It was very helpful and to enhance the capacity of the emergency respondents and for them to know things other than their common practices, that there is a need to use the scientific method in medical application),” Baloran said.

By empowering indigenous peoples with the necessary tools and expertise, the initiative seeks to enhance local resilience and foster self-reliance in disaster management among the different tribal groups in the District.

Baloran said that another benefit of the training is honing the capacity of the responders to help those in need while waiting for medical assistance, noting that the areas where the graduates lived are far from hospitals.

He said that this is only the first batch of training, and more training is being planned, in partnership with the Sangguniang Panlungsod’s Committee on Indigenous Peoples. CIO