MC’s Higher Education Unit (HEU) held their annual Environment Week on August 18-22, 2014. The motto for this year is Tara… Handa… Kaya!, Team MC for Resiliency & Survival. With the theme on resiliency and survival, the National Service Training Program Department (NSTP) organized the 1st Amazing MC Survivor Challenge. It was held last Friday, August 22, 2014 at the HEU grounds at 9am-12pm.
The event was spearheaded by Ms. Jowima Ang-Reyes, Chairperson of the NSTP department under the College of International, Humanitarian and Development Studies (CIHDS) together with Ms. Rachel Mariano, Rescue 177 and the core group of MC’s National Service Reserve Corps.
Amazing MC Survivor started with four teams color coded with violet, red, blue and yellow that has two participants in each team. There was a diversity of participants like students from the HEU and Miriam Adult Education (MAE), staff from the Environmental Studies Institute and heads of the partner communities of the NSTP department.
“The Challenges includes scenarios of a disaster and participants will have to properly execute each challenge for certain points which will be given by the staff manning the stations. At the end of each challenge the teams will receive their next clue” Ms. Rachel Mariano, one of the organizers explained.
The activities includes book hunt using the Dewey Decimal system which tests a person’s ability to locate a book in a library, entering the dark room to search for emergency kits for a calamity, proper execution of Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), rappelling, proper bandaging, proper placing and transporting of a victim on a spine board, and several others.
They held the awarding of the winners at MMJ 203 during the class of Ms. Mariano at 12 in the afternoon. The winners received cash prizes and medals. 3rd place goes to the blue team with 66 points, 2nd place goes to yellow team with 81 points and the champion and the “Amazing MC Survivors” title holder this year is the violet team, Karen Rikki, a student from the HEU department and Kuya Eric from ESI with 92 points.
This event tests the responsiveness of the participants to calamities and disasters especially that the Philippines is prone to extreme disasters like earthquakes and typhoons. “The event will be held annually starting this year and we thought of integrating this activity through our NSTP’s Basic Life Support seminar every summer, as the culminating event” added Ms. Mariano.