Central Philippine University

By Keziah Marie C. Janaysay, BA Comm-4, Centralian Link Intern

Central Philippine University College of Nursing hosts Disaster.

May 3, 2024, Iloilo City – The College of Nursing at Central Philippine University (CPU) proudly held its much-anticipated Disaster Nursing Culminating Activity, Paindis-Indis 2.0, a Skills Olympics, on May 3, 2024. The event took place at the CPU EMC, LDT Building, and Grounds, bringing together students, faculty, and emergency response professionals in a day of rigorous skill-testing and collaboration.

The Skills Olympics aimed to enhance the disaster preparedness and response capabilities of nursing students through a series of practical challenges and simulations. Participants showcased their proficiency in essential emergency response skills, including first aid, triage, and disaster management, under the guidance and evaluation of experienced professionals.

Key partners in this educational endeavor included the Bureau of Fire Protection Region 6 (BFP Rsix), the Iloilo City Fire Station, Iloilo City Emergency Responders (ICER), and the Urban Search and Rescue Unit (USAR), as well as the Western Visayas Medical Center. Their involvement provided an invaluable real-world context to the exercises, ensuring that students experienced authentic emergency scenarios.

Throughout the day, the grounds of CPU were abuzz with activity. Teams of nursing students navigated through various skill stations, demonstrating their competence in handling medical emergencies, performing rescue operations, and managing disaster response protocols. The collaboration between CPU and its partners not only tested the students’ knowledge and abilities but also underscored the importance of teamwork and quick decision-making in critical situations.

In case of any real emergency during the event, participants and attendees were advised to dial 3375931. The event’s motto, “NOTHING IS STRONGER THAN A HEART OF A VOLUNTEER,” resonated deeply, highlighting the spirit of dedication and service that drives the nursing profession.

The event was captured and documented by the Central Philippine University – CPU, BFP Rsix, Iloilo City Fire Station, Iloilo City Emergency Responders – ICER and USAR, and Western Visayas Medical Center. Special thanks were given to the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and USAR for their support.

Paindis-Indis 2.0 was more than just a competition; it was a celebration of the resilience, skills, and unwavering commitment of future nurses and emergency responders. This event not only prepared students for real-life disaster scenarios but also fostered a strong sense of community and mutual support among all participants.’