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Philippines: First-aid Protocols Required of Hotels?


We were guests at a hotel in Quezon City, for my sister’s wedding preparations when my mother suffered a heart attack and fell unconscious. But the hotel was not able to provide her with first aid as there was no standby doctor, and the nurse on duty obviously did not know what to do. She did not know basic life support and just kept on taking Mama’s blood pressure even though she was already unconscious. She did not even bother to check Mama’s pulse when she was rushed to the hospital in one of the secondary sponsor’s vehicle. Mama arrived with no vitals at the emergency room of The Medical City and was just revived
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Philippines: DILG declares June 10-16 Disaster Preparedness Week


Manila: With the onset of the rainy season, the Department of the Interior and Local Government has declared June 10-16 as Disaster Preparedness Week.  An estimated 60,000 of these informal settler-families (ISF) are scheduled to move to several on-site, near-site and in-city relocation communities over the next three years, or an average of 20,000 ISF per year before President Aquino's term expires in June 2016.  In the regional level, the DILG will conduct disaster preparedness exercises for ISF communities such as emergency drills, simultaneous review of contingency plans of cities and municipalities, and their waste management
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Philippines: Learning from the Crash - Lack of Emergency Evacuation Procedure


Sunday June 2 night’s accident involving Cebu Pacific flight 5J-971 raises important questions about the obligations of a carrier—a flag carrier, at that—to its passengers and the general public AFTER an airplane accident. The airplane’s crew waited 15 minutes after the accident before commencing emergency evacuation, Andrews said, citing passenger statements. “From reports of the passengers on board, it took [the crew] several minutes and they never declared an emergency evacuation,” he said. But “actual SOP (standard operating procedure) dictates after an emergency such as this accident, automatica
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Philippines: Albay Turns to Emergency Mobile App


An emergency mobile application that would raise disaster response practice to a high level through the use of smartphones will soon be available to the local government of Albay.The software application would give officials immediate access to disaster warnings, advisories, location data and disaster mappings. Albay province and Smart Communications Inc. on Wednesday announced their partnership for the tech startup customized for the use of the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (Apsemo), the province’s lead body in disaster response management. Cedric Daep, head of Apsemo, said in an interview th
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Philippines: Life-Saving Training for Mt. Apo Guides Begins in Kidapawan


The city government on July 2 Tuesday started training 30 forest tour guides, 11 of them members of ethnic groups that revere the majestic Mt. Apo as “tribal god,” to help protect the country’s highest mountain.Mt. Apo, a known sanctuary of endangered animal species, including the Philippine Eagle, with thick forests that are also watersheds of rivers that flow downstream to hundreds of villages in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato and Davao del Sur provinces, has an altitude of 2, 954 meters, or 9, 692 feet above sea level. “The training is focused on safe mountain-climbing procedures, jungle survival and emergency life
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