AAP Safety Committee Gears Up for Emergencies
The Automobile Association Philippines (AAP) has begun a disaster preparedness training program as part of its overall safety plan and readiness efforts for emergencies.
Members of the AAP Safety Committee participated on May 23, 2019 in an extensive two-day training program called the Earthquake Landslide Search and Rescue Orientation Course (ELSAROC) in Silang, Cavite.
The training was held in partnership with the Health, Public Safety and Environmental Office of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the PHAPCares Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Association of the Philippines (PHAP).
“Safety has always been paramount to us at AAP. This disaster preparedness training is one of the series of activities that we will be undertaking to protect the people in the building, primarily our employees, tenants and even our members who visit us for our various services and offerings,” said AAP Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Safety Committee head Malcolm Pausanos.
Pausanos, who is also the building administrator, said that the training complements several safety features of the AAP Tower located on Aurora Boulevard in Quezon City.
The three-year-old, 10-storey building, which serves as the main office of AAP, is fully compliant with the National Building Code and the Fire Code of the Philippines to secure the life, health, property and welfare of the people within the building. It is has crucial safety features such as a fire detection and alarm system, and an automatic fire sprinkler system.
The AAP Tower is also fully prepared with emergency equipment such as spine boards, wheelchairs and first aid cabinets complete with first aid essentials on each floor of the building.
“The members of the AAP Safety Committee come from different departments with diverse skills and backgrounds,” said AAP Human Resources manager Nilo Aguba. “With this training, they now are more confident that they can respond better and help save the lives of others. Beyond the Safety Committee, we have also made certain that everyone in the organization is familiar with our safety plans and has participated in our emergency drills.”
The ELSAROC is a two-day orientation course which aims to establish an effective plan for preparedness and response at the organizational level to mitigate the impact of a strong earthquake in Metro Manila.
The ELSAROC has four course modules namely: 1) Introduction to Hazards and Disaster Management; 2) Getting Started to Conduct Search and Rescue; 3) Fundamental Search and Rescue Techniques; and 4) Extricating and Caring for Victims.
In addition to ELSAROC, members of the AAP Safety Committee will also undergo emergency and health training within the year.
“Consistent with our commitment to safety, AAP will continue to create opportunities to enhance our knowledge and skills in emergency management. People may be faced with an emergency wherever they may be. We believe that preparedness is key to saving lives,” said Pausanos.
The Automobile Association Philippines (AAP) Safety Committee led by AAP Deputy Chief Operating Officer Ramon Pausanos (leftmost, standing) and AAP Human Resources Manager Nilo Aguba (2nd from right, kneeling) completed the two-day Earthquake Landslide Search and Rescue Orientation Course (ELSAROC) on May 23-24, 2019 at Silang Cavite.
Participants are shown how to properly secure an injured person on a spine board and carry him/her out to safety.
AAP Safety Committee members move slabs of concrete by placing tubes underneath which is the method used when buildings collapse and blocks need to be taken out of the way during rescue.