Equipping the youth with the skills needed in doing First Aid, One Meralco Foundation in collaboration with Philippine Red Cross’ Rizal Chapter implemented the Youth First Aid Challenge, a competition promoting safety awareness to students under the Red Cross Youth program, last November 12. Aside from added knowledge and skills, teams involved also gained leadership, and improved their character and discipline.
“I’m very happy with the turn-out of the activity. The youth teams involved showed great passion in training their life-saving skills. Young as they are, they know that by knowing First Aid, they no longer are bystanders but are life-savers,” Philippine Red Cross Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang says.
To this, Meralco Chief CSR Officer and One Meralco Foundation President Jeffrey Tarayao adds, “The youth is in the best position to be educated on the value of safety in the community. They will be able to apply these, even come up with their own equally effective techniques in doing First Aid.”
Youth teams who participated in the pilot implementation of the said competition are the Junior and Senior Red Cross Youth Councils of Makati, Mandaluyong, San Juan, Muntinlupa, Marikina, Pasig City-Pateros West Rizal, East Rizal, Antipolo, and Las Pinas. Problems and scenarios in the competition proper were prepared by the Philippine Red Cross ñ Rizal Chapter Safety Services. Emerging as champions are the Red Cross youth teams from Makati (elementary) and Antipolo (high school) from Fort Bonifacio Elementary School and La Salle College Antipolo, respectively. Each had about 6-8 members in the team. The winning junior and senior teams were also coached by Arwen Arlbert Lastrella and John Mark Biyo, correspondingly.
“The main goal of the One Meralco-PRC Youth First Aid Challenge is to provide our young people with the knowledge, skills as well as the confidence in giving immediate care for an injured or ill person in an exciting and interesting way. In this manner, they will be able to remember the lessons and put these to heart and work because the competition was very experiential,” Tarayao explains.
Safety awareness is one of the advocacies of One Meralco Foundation, Meralcoís new corporate foundation, under its Disaster Relief and Emergency Preparedness pillar. Other projects under this pillar are relief operations and disaster preparedness planning initiatives.