SANAY AGAP IGLAP Training Seminar Prepares Communities for Disaster Resilience

In a proactive move to bolster disaster preparedness and resilience, the University of the Philippines Resilience Institute (UPRI), as part of its Campus Resilience Program collaborated with the National Service Training Program-National Service Reserve Corps (NSTP-NSRC), organized a three-day training seminar on SANAY AGAP IGLAP. Held from April 11,12 and 15, 2024, at the Plenary Hall of the College of Fine Arts, the seminar brought together participants from UP Diliman’s academic sector and Barangay Pooks Villages B, C, and Daang Tubo.

The seminar aimed to equip attendees with essential skills and knowledge to effectively respond to diverse disaster scenarios. Throughout the three days, participants engaged in various activities designed to enhance their understanding of disaster management principles and practices and some physical exercises to prepare them to be ready.

Image 1: Participants throughout the UP Community joining in one of the discussion during Sanay Agap Iglap Training Program.

Community Engagement and Participation

The seminar saw active participation from residents of Village B, Village C, and Daang Tubo, alongside students and security guards. This diverse representation underscored the community-wide commitment to disaster preparedness and resilience-building efforts.

 

Hands-On Training Activities

The seminar kicked off with a series of interactive sessions introduced by Dr. Glecy Atienza, Director for RCW, and other esteemed presenters. Participants engaged in icebreaker activities, team-building exercises, and lectures on disaster management fundamentals. One of the highlights of Day 2 of the training was the TANGO FOR RESCUE activity guided by Dr. Albert Dimarucut where the participants dance tango with a partner in a manner that would be directly related to a rescue procedure during emergencies.

Image 2: Dr. Albert Dimarucut and researcher Jerzyne Anne Corpuz providing instructions to participants on how to conduct the tango for dance.

Mapping Exercises and Practical Demonstrations

One of the highlights of the seminar was the mapping activity facilitated by Ramon Christopher Caballero. Participants were divided into groups and tasked with creating mental maps of their communities, emphasizing key landmarks and evacuation routes. This hands-on exercise provided valuable insights into community vulnerabilities and preparedness levels.

Image 3: One group during the Sanay Agap Iglap, joined by researcher Ramon Caballero, presenting their mental map of their own community.

Comprehensive Lecture Series

Throughout the seminar, participants benefited from comprehensive lectures on various aspects of disaster management. Jose Abraham Ongkiko and other presenters covered topics such as understanding complex disasters, conducting ocular inspections, and developing emergency family evacuation plans. Practical tips and insights shared during these sessions equipped participants with the knowledge needed to respond effectively to emergencies. Furthermore, Jose Abrahan Ongkiko equipped the participants with the practical skills using basic hand and light signals and whistle blows.

Another topic lectured  was conducted by  Jerzyne Anne Corpuz as she guided participants in answering a vulnerability and capacities checklist. Participants were tasked with answering this checklist by identifying these points of interests within their own communities. Another lecture was led by Dr. Alfred Tengonciang in which he provided a basic overview of first aid knowledge to the participants. Putting these guides in the context of disaster scenarios, Dr. Tengonciang emphasized the importance of being aware of these basic procedures in order to adapt to any scenario.

Image 4: CSRS Jose Abraham Ongkiko and Dr. Alfred Tengonciang in their respective lectures as they share their expertise to the participants.


Practical Drills and Evaluation Sessions

The final day of the seminar featured practical drills and simulation exercises.  Participants engaged in community earthquake and fire drills, showcasing their preparedness and response capabilities. Following the drills, sharing of key learning and evaluation were done to identify areas for improvement and refine disaster response strategies.

Image 5: Culminating Drill Simulation at UP Diliman Village B and C as well as Barangay Daang Tubo.


Looking Ahead

As the seminar concluded, participants expressed gratitude for the valuable insights gained and the practical skills acquired. Dr. Glecy Atienza highlighted the importance of continued community engagement and collaboration in sustaining disaster resilience efforts.

 

Conclusion

The SANAY AGAP IGLAP training seminar served as a testament to the collective commitment of UPRI, NSTP-NSRC, UP Diliman Office of Community Affairs and participating communities towards building disaster-resilient societies. By equipping individuals with the necessary knowledge and skills, the seminar laid a solid foundation for proactive disaster preparedness and response, ensuring the safety and well-being of communities in the face of adversity.

Image 6: The Sanay Agap Iglap organizers and participants group photo.