Project Paglaum #16 Re-kindles the Fire of Public Service

Tuesday | December 5, 2017

Just a day right after the conclusion of the training for Project Paglaum Batch 16 held in Cagayan de Oro City, twenty-six (26) hope bearers were immediately deployed for action to give Psychological First Aid (PFA) to about ninety-three (93) wounded soldiers at Camp Evangelista Station Hospital, 4th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army headed by Dr. Jonna D. Dalaguit.

Psychological First Aid Session being conducted by Hope Bearer Reynan S. Salo, a volunteer student of the Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro City during the 3rd deployment of the Hope Bearers in Marawi City.

Right after a three-day training from October 16-18, 2017 in Seda Centrium Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City, the group was immediately called to action on October 19, 2017. The second deployment was conducted on November 2-4, 2017 to seventy-three (73) soldiers in Marawi City and the third deployment involving members from Iligan City was conducted to eighty (80) soldiers last 14-15 November 2017 and organized by the Philippine Army based in Manila and headed by the Chaplain of the camp Major Jerome Daluro.

Members of Batch 16 of the Project Paglaum expected themselves to be able to “help the survivors of various traumatic experiences” and make a proper approach in helping them free themselves from false thoughts about the disaster that they are experiencing.”

Coach Tom Batalla is giving lecture to the Hope Bearers on the first day of their classes.

The facilitators, Mr. Tomas Alejo S. Batalla, Ms. Priscilla Gonzalez-Fernando and Ms. Marika E. Melgar, who are all licensed psychologists from the Ateneo Bulatao Center, presented to the participants the proper approach on how to communicate effectively, emphasizing that listening is important when someone is talking especially when giving out what they experienced during the trying of their lives.

The participants underwent first the “healing the healers” session, whereby the healers were the first to be healed through a one-on-one self-healing session with Coach Tomas Batalla.

The three (3) facilitators then lectured the participants on how to become a PFA provider, the different activities involved and a video presentation on the correct way to be a good PFA provider.

Hope-bearers portraying an accident where PFA is being provided.

They were also introduced to “playing with children’s toys” as a healing session where participants reminisce their childhood days. Some remembered their past when their parents prevented them from going outside their homes to play because it was dangerous. Their parents were worried about the vehicles that might accidentally run them over while playing, as shared by one of the participants.

The concluding part was the preparation of an action plan of each group which they can use on their follow-through activity when deployed for action as a PFA provider.