DYA Filipinas, CST-R Build Resilience Through Basic First Aid Program

Story By Georgene Quilaton Tambiga

Photos By Amelia Cultura and Carl Calinawagan

Détente y Ayuda Filipinas, Inc. (DYA) trained new Thomasian teachers and staff to provide first aid and first response in an effort to build resilience during disasters.

The modules on First Aid, Medical Emergencies, Basic Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and Basic Bleeding Control or “Stop the Bleed” were lectured in a two-day event called the “Basic First Aid Program” last July 27 to 28, 2021 at Colegio de Sto. Tomas-Recoletos Cultural Hall.

DYA Filipinas y CST-R. Detente y Ayuda Filipinas, Inc. and Colegio de Sto. Tomas-Recoletos collaborate in order to train new teachers and staff on Basic First Aid. This is in an effort to build resilience among community and in commemoration of the 2021 National Disaster Resilience Month.
Ambulance Orientation. Participants get acquainted with the equipment inside a rescue ambulance. This DYA Filipinas ambulance mainly operates in Bacolod City.
Stop the Bleed! Karlo Martin Gerasmo, EMT (center) demonstrates bandaging technique of a bleeding head injury.
Lift! Demonstrations and practical applications during the DYA Filipinas training

To mark the 2021 National Disaster Resilience Month (July 2021), DYA (translated as “Stop and Help”) and CST-R’s Safety and Security Office with the Thomasian Emergency Assistance and Management (TEAM) collaborated for the training of 25 teachers and staff.

Dr. Rowel Gerzon, RMT, MD, medical director of DYA Filipinas, emphasized that “critical life support is [only] effective if given immediately.”

Together with Rev. Fr. Vicente Ramon, Jr., OAR, the president of DYA Filipinas and CST-R treasurer, Dr. Gerzon led four of DYA’s top responders: Karlo Martin A. Gerasmo, EMT; Liezl N. Gerasmo, RN, EMT; Jesse Rico Rios, RN, USRN; Ma. Fe Nicole Lopez Yap, EMR.

Thomasian teachers were also given training and return demonstration opportunity on emergency rescue and patient transfer, bandaging bleeding wounds and splinting.

In response to the lectures and demonstrations given by DYA, Hanna Katrina Fernandez, CST-R teacher for the Senior High School Department, said she is thankful to have acquired knowledge and skills for responding to emergencies at home with her children and at work with students.


Preparing to be Disaster Resilient. CST-R teachers give a return demonstration on Patient Rescue and Transfer.
Patient Transfer. A decoy patient gets rescued and transferred to a DYA ambulance. This is a return demonstration activity by Thomasian teachers with DYA responders supervising them.
El Presidente, DYA Filipinas Inc. Rev. Fr. Vicente Ramon, Jr., OAR is also the president of DYA Filipinas, Inc.. The volunteer rescue group’s main quarter is in Spain. It is also affiliated with the Royal Academy of Singapore. 
Ready to Rescue! Trainers and participants after the last return demonstration session at the CST-R Quadrangle.
Building capacity. Thomasian teacher Bless Sandoval receives her certificate from Fr. Ramon and Mr. Gerasmo.
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