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RTNMC First Aid team: Back-to-back ANMSEC champion

The Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation’s (RTNMC) First Aid Team successfully bagged the back-to-back championship title at the Mine Safety Field Demonstration and Field Competition during the 66th Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference (ANMSEC) in Baguio City.

It bested huge mining first aid teams like that of Apex Mining Company, Inc., Philex Mining Corporation, OceanaGold Philippines Inc., among others.

The team has demonstrated determination, perseverance and showed the spirit of the true emergency response team, from training to the actual competition.

The team was supported by RTNMC resident mine manager Engr. Cynthia E. Rosero, mine environment, safety, and health division manager Engr. Remedios C. Camo, and the RTN community

It was coached by Juliet Rosario, a registered first-aider and also last year’s winning coach.

Victorino Mananes, led the team of First Aiders Leslie Villaflores, Joel Sandoy, Ruel Badilles, Herbert Dela Cruz, Dominador Dela Vega, Jan Reynald Timbancaya, and Mark Jay Manual.

Team coach Juliet Rosario underscored that the team’s main goal was to defend the title and to give pride to RTN community.

She added that they trained hard from September up to November 2019. The training, however, did not just focus on physical, but mental and emotional aspects as well.

“Sa three months training, of course, hindi ‘yon madali. Hinanda namin ang team physically, mentally, and emotionally. Ang goal ng team is to defend the title. Nag-practice kami ng iba’t-ibang case scenario,” said Rosario.

She also highlighted that they worked mostly in major areas such as speed, execution, roles, and discipline.

Pancho was thankful that the team was cooperative, faithful and responsive as they were also the company’s Emergency Response Team (ERT).

“Kailangang sanayin ang team sa bilis at dapat tama ang execution nila. Dapat may disiplina ang team na alam dapat ng bawat isa. Thankful ako kasi marunong silang makinig. May kasamang dasal, team work, at disiplina. Sa competition man o sa anumang sakuna handang handa po ang Emergency Response Team (ERT) natin,” said Rosario.

Moving forward, the team is now preparing for 67th ANMSEC and is gunning for the hall of fame title on First Aid Competition this year.

Aside from providing First Aid responses, the RTN Safety Department with its “Goal Zero” or “Zero Casualties” also engages in various interventions with the company and partner-communities in promoting safe and healthy working and living environment for all, from conducting fire drills to fun walks, IECs and inclusive activities fit for all.

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