STC QC HS Class ’62, in its efforts to conform to Pope Francis’ advocacy of compassion, has continuously donated cash and in kind to the victims of Yolanda in Leyte. In recognition of the Class’ contributions to the cause, the Catholic Physicians Guild of the Philippines recently awarded it a plaque of appreciation. Photos show the plaque and some alumnae at a class reunion this October in Quezon City. Holding the plaque is Ms. Teresita Aquino Adawag who personally received the award at
the Manila Hotel.
During the annual gathering of St. Theresa’s Alumnae Association (STAA) class representatives, Theresians learned about disaster preparedness and how to stay alive during a strong typhoon or earthquake.
Martin Agudo Jr. and Bong Grajo, who founded Staying Alive Philippines, shared their expertise and experiences as rescuers in the aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda and other catastrophes that hit the country.
“Is it possible that a Yolanda-like typhoon will hit Manila? Yes,” Grajo said.
Grajo presented a study by the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the Metro Manila Development Authority that states the projected number of casualties and infrastructure destroyed in the event of an earthquake with a magnitude of seven or eight hitting the National Capital Region.
This includes the terrifying statistics that around 34,000 will be dead and over half a million will be injured. An estimated 80% of buildings in the metro will also be damaged or destroyed.
To prepare for this, Agudo gave tips on basic survival skills and emphasized the importance of disaster preparedness.
Agudo taught the class representatives how to “acquire, organize, and rotate” a stock pile that one should always keep at home and how to chemically disinfect water for drinking.
He also listed the supplies that should be included in a “bug out bag” which includes a whistle, a flashlight and a lot of batteries, easy-open food, water, an all-purpose tool, etc.
“Don’t wait for rescuers because they may also be victims,” Agudo said.
So one should always be ready, self-equipped to survive and even perform first aid, he said.
Agudo trained the class representatives with the “hands only” CPR technique. This technique requires the one administering the first aid to pump the middle of the chest of the victim to the rhythm of Bee Gees’ “Staying Alive” until the victim arrives at the hospital. The class representatives were given a chance to try this out with the dolls Agudo brought for demonstration.
Updates from the board
After the informative session on disaster preparedness, it was time for the STAA board to review its past projects and discuss its current financial state.
The class representatives were happy to find out that instead of the originally planned “Bahay ni Teresa,” STAA will have a 70-square meter office on the ground floor of the new building in the high school department.
Plans for the 2015 homecoming were revealed by Batch ‘90, including its theme “Throwback Theresian.” Fund raising initiatives, including the new STC watch and STAA Discount Card, were also discussed.
You may view the pictures during the Disaster Preparedness event at here.