April 24- The 3rd Rescue March (Mass Assembly for Rescue and Care for Humanity) Challenge was held. The march started at the Bonifacio Shrine, Manila City and culminated at the Philippine Army Grandstand, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. This is an annual project initiated by the Orange Helmets headed by Mr. Martin Aguda, Jr., Emergency Response Integration Center (ERIC) under the directorship of Mr. Christopher Grajo and Dr. Ted Esguerra, co-convenor of the Rescue March Challenge.

The said march supported by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Office of Civil Defense-NCR ended successfully with approximately 700 participants coming from the local government units, civil, military and volunteers from the National Capital Region, and assisting regions from Aurora, CAR, Bulacan, Tagaytay and Batangas.
Rescue March Challenge is an advocacy event at the same time simulation exercise that assumes a total breakdown of basic infrastructure where rescuers have to travel on foot with their equipment from a staging area to the ground zero. The simulation is a self-assessment of one’s ability to respond to a crisis - as an individual, as a unit, or as a family, and their inter-operability with other rescue organizations. It follows the concept of whole of nation approach promulgated by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

Quiapo Church participated in the said activity by providing porridge (lugaw), eggs and bottled water to the participants as part of the camaraderie lugaw-breakfast at the Philippine Army Grandstand, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

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