By Jel Santos
After the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) chief visited Israel’s Magen David Adom (MDA), he is now eyeing to further modernize their operation center.
MDA is the counterpart of PRC in Israel.
On September 4, Sen. Richard Gordon, PRC chairman, and Pres. Duterte visited MDA.
Duterte, Gordon, and other government officials watched the simulated demonstration of a joint response on mass casualty incidents that tested MDA’s streamlined life-saving operations. Such featured its state-of-the-art command and control system and advanced rescue vehicles.
“What is most important is the President is interested in the transfer of technology—the learning and the training. You can have all the toys but without the learning coming from MDA, the vision for the society will not succeed,” Gordon said.
Gordon invited the Pres. Duterte to try the mini-ambulance that he previously tested during his last trip to MDA in April. Mini ambulances are electrical vehicles equipped with first aid kits and sirens used by paramedics to respond in major cities bugged by traffic congestion.
Aside from the command and control systems and mini ambulances, Gordon also wants to replicate MDA’s medicycles and academy for paramedics.
“It is very important to us to learn from [Israel] and certainly I’ve learned a lot and my society is very grateful for all the cooperation and friendship that we have generated together,” he said.