The 27 representatives from the Ateneo De Davao University (AdDU) College Red Cross Youth (CRCY) team went head to head with other schools from Davao in the Inter-school First Aid Competition (ISFAC) that was held last Sept. 10, 2016 in the University of the Immaculate Conception (UIC) Gymnasium, Bajada Campus.
This year, they won Best in Basic Life Support and were the 2nd runner-up in the overall college category. This is the eighth year wherein they managed to place among the Top 4 Best First Aiders in the said competition.
For their awards, they were given a plaque for Best in Basic Life Support and a trophy.
Kristine De Jesus, a BSAT-4 student and the president of the AdDU CRCY, explained that annually, the Philippine Red Cross Davao City Chapter holds the ISFAC in celebration of the World First Aid Day with this year’s theme: “First Aid for and by Children.”
The competition was a whole day event where participants compete in various events in administering first aid. These events include bandaging, splinting, emergency rescue and transfer, basic life support, and situational analysis.
During the competition, there were guest players from the Disaster Management Service’s response team. Those who took part in the said event are the following:
Bandaging: Kristine Joy De Jesus, Remely Casia, Lucky Ylagan, Kristine Shimabukoro, Christine Suarez, Novi Grace Aquino, Elizabeth Fulgencio, Chesa Marie Garcia, Marie Alphense, and Edren Kaye Castillo.
Emergency Rescue and Transfer: Irving Salillas II, Christian Vince Laserna, Mike Renzo Lao, John Cedrick Lloren, Caryl Labja, and Carl Patiño
Splinting: Jean Lyn Montesclaros, Argiel Pamisa, Harmel John Gullon, and Kayecer Lariosa
Basic Life Support: Jorge Erediano and Rianne Lavyrle Faderon
Situational Analysis: James Uganap, Paula Cruz, Jeanie Rhoss Castillon, Monica Jean Monte, and Gabrielle Navarro.
De Jesus shares in preparation for the ISFAC, she and her team conducted a Leadership Development Program and First Aid Training in which the representatives were required to participate in if they were to join the competition.
“We trained during all the activity periods and during our free time. Our beloved CRCY alumni also dedicated their free time to coach us, especially the first timers,” she added.
Jeanie Rhoss Castillon, a third year BS Chemical Engineering student who has been competing in the competition since high school, shared that the competition brought students from different courses together to work as a team.
“Agad nag-kick in ang adrenaline nung time na ang AdDU situational analysis team na ang maglalaro. And lahat ng ISFAC players, na-feel din siguro ‘yun. ‘Yung literal na bumuhos ang pawis para matapos ang lahat ng dapat gawin.
“And I learned that when people tell us that we are not good enough, treat it as a challenge,” she expressed her sentiment.
Remely Casia, a third year BS Biology student who also has been competing in this event since her high school years added that the ISFAC is intended for them to celebrate World First Aid Day.
“Siguro ang significant learning ko from this even is learning how to save lives, and how to be open and make friends with people nabago ko lng nakilala,” she added.
For this year’s competition, representatives from San Pedro College and Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku won as the champion and 1st runner-up, respectively.