Palawan finally gets trained lifeguards


AT least 23 resorts in Palawan now have trained lifeguards.

The Department of Health —Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) office said the presence of trained lifeguards in the resorts will ensure the safety of tourists who visit the province known for its pristine beaches.

Mimaropa Health Director Eduardo C. Janairo said the department, together with the Philippine Coast Guard’s Palawan District, has just finished the training course for 38 lifeguards who passed the Water Search and Rescue (Wasar) Phase recently held in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

“These trained lifeguards will serve as the first line of defense in various resorts in Palawan with regard to safety and security of guests and tourists who will be going for a bathe in the pool, on the beach or island hopping in distinct places where they will be spending time swimming or snorkeling,” Janairo said.

With this, Janairo assured that incidents like drowning can be prevented and victims can be provided with immediate first aid treatment and basic life-support service.”

Janairo added that the trainees are also qualified for the next level of training for certification to be conducted by the PCG also in Puerto Princesa City.

“We will continue to coordinate with the PCG and conduct training programs for the lifeguards in Mimaropa so that they will be equipped with the essential lifesaving skills in order to preserve and safeguard the well-being not only of tourists but also of our own fellow countrymen. Saving lives is not only the responsibility of medical responders but also of lifeguards,” Janairo added.

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