NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, Sept. 19 (PIA6) -- About 47 locals and resident owners and 200 children from Sipalay City underwent training on community safety, aquatic rescue and basic safety when in the waters.
The 47 already received their certification on community safety and aquatic rescue from the Australia-based Surf Lifesaving Club of Far North Coast and Sanga Lifesaving Bohol.
Of the 47, 38 individuals passed the Level 2 Basic Lifeguard for Pool and Beach certification, seven in Level 1 Introduction to Lifeguarding, and two in Personal Safety and Water Rescue.
The Sipalay City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) and the Philippine Coast Guard - Sipalay City Substation led the 3-day intensive training and practical assessment for residents of coastal barangays and resort owners in the city, a release from Sipalay City Information Office said.
Dionilo Bogtae, executive assistant for public safety, said through the trainings, they aspire to ensure public safety among locals and the tourists who flock the city during the peak seasons.
"This certification adds more individuals who can provide immediate assistance during emergency situations," Bogate added.
Meanwhile, Sipalay City Mayor Maria Gina Lizares said that the lifesaving training and certification is a way for the city government to ensure that even residents can help preserve lives in times of calamities and emergencies.
Aside from the residents and resort owners, about 200 children aged four to 10, and their parents from coastal barangays also underwent basic swimming techniques and child-friendly activities to instill safety when on the waters.
Members of the CDRRMO were also trained and certified on water search and rescue. *(LTP/EAD-PIA6 Negros Occidental)