BILAR, Bohol – Mayor Norman D. Palacio of this town has created what he called Bilar Search and Rescue Unit or BISARU as part of the preparedness scheme in the event of emergency cases in his turf. In an exclusive interview yesterday, Palacio said that he formed the BISARU to replicate the TARSIER 117 of the provincial government. He said in vernacular that “we may not the first but we must not be the last.” He was referring to other towns, such as Jagna, Talibon and Alicia, who formed similar rescue teams.
BISARU’s main function is to immediately respond to the call of emergency or call for help, he said. This is to avert further damage or injury of the affected than to wait for faraway Tarsier 117 considering its distance. BISARU is a 24/7 service and always ready. The municipality has employed some personnel and others are volunteers. They are being trained by the Tarsier 117, the mayor said.This town was also struck by the earthquake on October 15, 2013 that killed four and destroyed hundreds of private houses and public buildings.
BISARU was tested and immediately responded to a vehicular accident involving a tourist bus that ran over a person dead along the national highway near Bohol Island State University campus yesterday, Palacio said. BISARU is a component of the risk reduction disaster and preparedness program his administration is pursuing to save lives, Mayor Palacio said. (rvo)