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by Camille Grace M. Dumala-og


“ You Only Live Once (Y.O.L.O),” is a very well-known line that brings out the adventurous side of each individual. Most of the time this line encourages people to enjoy life by pushing themselves out of their comfort zones and doing things they haven’t done before. However, YOLO also shows the importance of life. The saying likewise speaks about how precious is a person’s life and the importance of valuing each individual.

 During times of emergencies where one life is at stake, how can we help to save such a precious life? When someone in the middle of the busy street or meeting collapsed and had a cardiac arrest, what can one do to save the person?

            DOST-National Capital Region,  in support of the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against WoMen (VAW), conducted a Basic Life Support Training with the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) held last December 2, 2016 at DOST-NCR Conference Room. The training was given by Mr. Antonio Trayvilla Tolentino Jr. BSN/EMT-D, Mr. Darin Noche, RN/EMT-B, and Mr. Eliseo B. Trayvilla Jr. of MDRRMO. Both male and female staff of the agency underwent the one day training in order to equip themselves with the skills to help people whose lives are in danger.

            The training covered basic first aid: from wounds to sprains to cardiac arrest. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) was taught, with staff given one-on-one hands-on exercise during the afternoon session of the training. During the CPR lesson, the staff were taught about the importance of the 10 minute rule in doing CPR and the steps required during emergency situations.

Truly, in order to save lives, one must train to know, to be calm and to act as the emergency situation requires from us. There is no better way to live our life than being a person who help others to live their own.