Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental- True to their calling as the new breed of patriots, some 28 scholars of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) have participated recently in the “Training on Emergency First Aid” by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) – Negros Oriental Chapter held on May 6, 2022, at the Negros Oriental State University-Main Campus I (NORSU).

The said training is part of the Patriot Scholar Program of the DOST-Science Education Institute in partnership with DOST Negros Oriental.

Instructors from the PRC Negros Oriental Chapter underscored the importance of learning the key skillset needed during an emergency. According to Ms. April Rose Ramirez, “having the basic knowledge and skills on first aid is very important as emergencies happen all the time.”

As part of their advocacies, the scholars volunteered as emergency responders in their respective hometowns to assist in any emergency situation. “We never know when the people we love or those who are in our immediate vicinity, will be injured,” shared Ergielyn B. Luyas, a freshman DOST scholar taking up BSED Sciences at NORSU. “I intend to put my knowledge and skills to good use by administering first aid to victims during office and school hours, or if I am present at the scene of an accident.”

Also, John Harvey G. Rosales, a freshman from Siliman University has this to say. “Learning first aid can make a huge difference in one's life. It helps you prepare for a variety of scenarios by giving you the confidence and expertise to handle them swiftly, appropriately, and efficiently.”

In his message to the participants, DOST Negros Oriental Provincial Director Gilbert R. Arbon posed his challenge to the DOST scholar-participants. He urged them to be true to their calling as Patriot Scholars saying that “may our DOST scholars be able to exceed the expectations of many, especially their respective schools and communities, now that they have learned important life-saving skills. In a country striving to be disaster-resilient, hopefully, these trained scholars will be a welcome addition to the ranks of first responders.” (By Marjorie B. Solon and Reinhold Jek Y. Abing, PSTC-Negros Oriental)


A PRC instructor demonstrates the proper execution of the cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) procedure to the participants.

Participants and instructors take a break for the group photo.