A new generation of rescuers tried to outdo one another in the City Junior Rescuers’ 3rd First Aid Olympics (CJR Olympics) held at Bataan People’s Center on August 17, 2017.
The friendly tournament, a collaboration between City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), Philippine Red Cross, and Department of Education-Division of Balanga (DepED), was an attempt to furnish students with the essentials of lifesaving and disaster preparedness.
The Olympics were the product of CDRRMO’s determination that the Philippines is one of Asia’s most hazard-prone countries. Hence, each member of society should have the expertise to respond adequately to disasters.
Students from the city’s eighteen (18) public elementary and four (4) high schools competed, among them: Bataan National High School (BNHS), City of Balanga National High School (COBNHS), Eastwoods Professional College of Science and Technology-High School Department (EPCST), and Bataan Heroes’ Memorial College-High School Department (BHMC).
Contestants in all levels competed in bandaging, lifting and moving, situational analysis and a quiz bee.
Cabog-Cabog Elementary School was hailed champion at the primary level while Pto. Rivas and Cupang Elementary schools placed second (2nd) and third (3rd), respectively. At the secondary level, EPCST came in third while BNHS placed second. COBNHS emerged as champion.
Engr. Dennis Mariano, CDRRMO head, said that students’ perseverance in learning first aid techniques is beyond measure. He also commended all CJR Olympians and said that the city government is proud of them.
Aside from developing rescue and disaster-preparedness skills among the young, the annual tournament is also held to promote camaraderie among students of different schools in the City.
Sportsmanship was clearly observed among competitors in this one-day event. By: Cyrus Dela Cruz