MARIVELES, Bataan: Some 70 participants across the 18 barangay (villages) of Mariveles joined the Water Search and Rescue (Wasar) Training conducted by the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO).

The five-day training was sponsored by GNPower Dinginin Ltd. Co. (GNPD), consisted of various training sessions that included the basic first aid techniques such as hands-only CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), bandaging and knot-tying.

It was followed by a lecture on water safety, which included a demo and practical session on rescue and survival techniques, breathing control, water entry and swimming techniques.

The following days of the training involved several demo and practical sessions such as a physical fitness test, rope rescue techniques and breath-holding proficiency swimming.

The trainees were also enrolled in tougher demos which involved simulation exams and exercises in rubber boat handling.

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The highlight of the training was the final test proper which involved a one-mile swim from the shores of Mariveles to Corregidor.

The simulation exam determined the ultimate application of all the skills and techniques they have learned throughout the training.

It will be the basis of who will pass the training and emerge as qualified first responders of the Municipality of Mariveles.

A total of 20 responders passed the training who will then join the MDRRMO of Mariveles to assist the office during calamities and emergencies.

According to SK Kagawad Ivander Drio, "Wasar Training aimed to equip personnel who work near water with sufficient knowledge about the hazards created by the environment and develop skills in basic life support and water rescue."

Wasar was created in collaboration with local government agencies and various rescue groups with the goal of providing personnel who work near the water with enough knowledge to be aware of the hazards created by the environment and to develop an understanding of basic life support and water rescue techniques.

Nikki Bryce Roque, GNPD's supervisor for environment, said this training will also help mitigate the effects of climate change to our nation, as it equips us with skilled first responders who will be at the municipality's frontlines in times of need.

This initiative helps realize the last S of the P.R.O.G.R.E.S.S. road map of GNPD's Corporate Social Responsibility Team-Strengthen Disaster Resiliency. It demonstrates the companies' strong commitment to enabling the spirit of supporting one another in times of calamity and disaster, as well as increasing employee volunteerism.

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