By Mortz C. Ortigoza
MANGALDAN – For the first time in the province, the local version of the elite Navy Seals of the Philippine Navy trained selected residents here for search and rescue operations during floods.
Mayor Herminio Romero lauded the graduates of the two-day refresher training, saying the rescue and operations conducted was unique " because it was conducted by the Philippine Navy despite our limited resources”.
The training that was held in the town and at the seaside of neighboring San Fabian town, was participated in by selected members of the Philippine National Police, officials of this town and villages, and members of communication group Delta Com.
The participants were under the tutelage of Navy Lt. Junior Grade John Caleza and his men from the Naval Force of Northern Luzon that is base d in.
Caleza said they were invited to conduct the training by chief of police Lt.. Mateo Casupang who was his upper class at the Officer Candidate School.
Romero told the graduates that in the last deadly flood that left 12 people dead and countless of properties was in 2009, caused by typhoon Pepeng.
“ Now, people are aware about the dangers of a calamity like flood. Thank you Navy who come to help Mangaldan. We should be committed on this Water Search and Rescue (WASAR) Refresher Training”, he said.
The mayor told the participants that they should help make the rivers clean by not throwing their garbage into the river; and to plant trees at the earth dikes.
The graduation was graced too by lawyer Monday Samson, the provincial head of the National Police Commission.