The Philippine Red Cross in partnership with the China Oceanis Philippines Inc. –Manila Ocean Park (COPI)marked the observance of World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) 2017 last November 19 with lecture and demonstration on basic first aid.
Anchoring on global theme “2020 Target: Reduce Road Fatalities and Serious Injuries by 50%”, the free lecture and demonstration activity was held from 11am to 4pm at the Manila Ocean Park Domed Atrium.
The activity aimed to increase public awareness on the importance of road safety. It also aimed to engage and educate children together with their parents on emergency preparedness and basic first aid.
The Safety Services department, one of the service arms of the PRC that secures the health and safety of Filipino communities,set up five stations to impart skills on Bandaging and Bleeding Control, Basic Life Support-Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (BLS-CPR) for adult and child,Foreign Body Airway Obstruction, Road Safety Signs, and Child Car Seat Demonstration.
There was also be a signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between PRC and COPI. This was the second agreement, which aimed to maximize the services of both parties and to collaborate in conducting various humanitarian activities and promoting first aid programs.
After the ceremonial MOA signing, a candle lighting ceremony was conducted to commemorate the road casualties and injuries.
WDR is commemorated every third Sunday of November each year to remember millions of casualties and injured individuals due to road crashes.
According to the World Health Organization Global Status Report on Road Safety, more than 1.2 million casualties were listed globally due to road traffic crashes every year. At least 3,000 casualties were listed due to road crashes every year in the countrybased on the PRC Operations Center report.
To know more about Safety Services' programs and trainings, you may visit the PRC website at www.redcross.org.ph or like its Facebook page at @phredcross.