Iloilo City Government cites rescue volunteers

THREE volunteer disaster groups that extended help in saving a drowning victim on Easter Sunday were recognized for their heroic deeds during the flag ceremony at City Hall on April 10.

Unicorns Rescue Volunteer Brigade Inc., Arevalo Scorpions Rescue Volunteer Organization, and Tiger Shark Rescue Volunteers Inc. were awarded Certificates of Recognition for quickly rescuing a drowning victim at Sto. Niño Sur, Arevalo, on April 1.

“The City Government appreciates the effort of volunteer groups especially when they help those in need. As we recognize them, I hope they will feel more motivated to work and serve. Thank you for showing the heroism that everybody must look up to nowadays. I am glad to know that you were able to apply what you have learned during the Basic Life Support and First Aid trainings,” Mayor Jose Espinosa III said.

Fernando Arguillo, president of Unicorns Rescue Volunteer Brigade Inc., thanked the City Government for giving them BLS and First Aid Training and Radio Handling last November 2017 that further enhanced their skills.

“We have responded quickly because our headquarters was just near the area. We thank the Iloilo City Emergency Responders for working with us, but most importantly, we are thankful for the training that we had last year,” Arguillo said.

“The child was almost half kilometer away from the seashore when we tried to search for him. We’re glad that after 15 minutes, we were able to rescue him with the help of some volunteer groups. We are hoping that there will be more training for us volunteer groups so that we can learn more and help more people,” Arquillo added. (PR)