Some 59 community guides in Taytay town undergo a 7-day training on Mountain Search and Rescue. (Photo courtesy of PIO.)

A seven-day “mountain search and rescue training” is continuously being conducted in the towns of Taytay and El Nido as part of the provincial government program aimed to equip mountain guides with the proper first aid and rescue operations.

In a press statement released by the provincial information office (PIO) Monday evening, September 16, it noted that this activity was initiated through the combined efforts of the Provincial Tourism Promotions and Development Office (PTPDO), Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) and of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

The program focuses on giving the mountain guides necessary skills in handling tourists during mountain climbing activities.

Around 90 community guides from Taytay and El Nido joined the training, PIO said in the same statement.

“Layunin ng gawaing ito na mapalawig ang kaalaman at kakayanan ng mga mountain guides ng lalawigan at maging handa ang mga ito sa rescue operations kapag nagkaroon ng mga di inaasahang insidente sa bundok,” said Palawan Governor Jose Chaves Alvarez in the statement.

The training consists of first aid or emergency action principle; patient assessment; wound management; lifting and carrying skills; spine injury management; basic life support – choking management, cardiopulmonary resuscitation; spine immobilization, and health sanitation.

Personality development and duties and responsibilities of a tour guide are also included; practical touring guide technique; tour spiel preparations and oral presentation techniques; excellent customer service; equipment familiarization; ropemanship, which includes practical skills in knot tying; rapelling; mountain scenario exercises, and practical exercises on mountain rescue.

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