Saturday, July 30, 2011

Elite Navy Seals train Mangaldan residents on rescue operation

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 La Union.
Caleza said they were invited to conduct the training by chief of police Lt. Col. 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.

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