BORONGAN CITY -- More than 800 participants from different local government units (LGUs) and Disaster Response Teams (DRTs) participated in the 2022 Regional Rescue Jamboree (RRJ) Opening Ceremony on June 21 at Baybay Boulevard, Borongan City.
The five-day activity aims to enhansan Agda emphasized on extending knowledge and skills training to the barangay level as rescue volunteers.
“Kailangan magtalaga ng rescue volunteers sa mga barangay para sila ang mag-handle ng mga accidents habang ang ating taga CDRRMO ay paparating na,” Mayor Agda suggested.
The suggestion of Mayor Agda was related to the idea of Regional Director Lord Byron Torrecarion of the Office of the Civil Defense 8.
"We must armor ourselves with education and knowledge how to deal with the aftermath because it’s an accepted fact that there is a lifelong training. Preparation for education is less costly than learning tragedy. There is no harm in hoping for the best, if we have prepared for the worst," Torrecarion said.
Nelson Cortez, representative of Gov. Ben P. Evardone, announced assurance of support to the event from the provincial government.
"Malaking tulong ito sa amin para sa aming disaster management kasi nga nagiging typhoon and flooding destinations ang aming probinsya," he said.
OCD-8 Assistant Regional Director Rey M. Gozon, event Director, declared the commencement of the 5-day activity, while Rogel Bert Baillo from the Eastern Samar State University - Main Campus and Lea C. Aberia from Borongan City Division, graced the affair.
The Sangguniang Panlungsod members headed by Vice Mayor Emman Tiu Sonco and the LGU department heads were in full force supporting the event too.
Photo opportunities were another highlight during the opening ceremony from the different provinces.
Meanwhile, Mayor Agda notably remarked to the participants he will never undoubtedly welcome the idea of hosting again the 2023 and 2024 RRJ. (BCIO)