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Valenzuela opens training center for disaster response personnel

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The Valenzuela City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office finally has its own training center after six years.

The new, six-storey center, which houses facilities to strengthen the skills of disaster response personnel, was inaugurated on June 27.

Its facilities are for training in high angle vertical rescue, confined space rescue, structural collapse rescue, and crashed vehicle extrication.

It also has a maze, wall climbing features, a fire chamber, and open space for physical fitness training.

VCDRRMO head Arnaldo Antonio said the new training center would give the emergency response personnel the confidence and skills they would need for the job.

“Natagalan man, pero sisiguruhin natin na hindi sayang ang buwis na ginamit natin dito,” Antonio said.

Antonio also thanked outgoing Mayor Rex Gatchalian and Sen. Win Gatchalian for continually improving the city’s emergency response personnel and facilities.

“Sa siyam na taong panunungkulan ni Mayor REX, nabigyan po tayo ng pagkakataon na palakasin at palawakin ang DRRMO. Mula sa 40 personnel noong time ni Senator WIN, naging 260 personnel na kami ngayon,” he said.

Mayor Gatchalian said the construction of the center was delayed because funds for it had to be diverted to more urgent projects, especially during the pandemic.

He appealed to personnel to put the training center to good use.

“Sana makikita kong lagi niyong ginagamit. Babantayan ko kayo diyan. Sa mga rescuers natin, ang mission niyo ay dapat laging handa. Hindi yung sapat na nakaporma lang tayo pero hindi naman natin alam ang gagawin sa oras ng sakuna,” he said.