The Department of Tourism and the Department of Health – MIMAROPA Region IV-B admit that Palawan still lacks well-trained lifeguards despite it being the top tourist destination in the country which poses a challenge to the tourism industry.
According to Atty. Minerva Morada, DOT Regional Director, this problem must be addressed to ensure the safety of both local and foreign tourists.
In line with this, the DOT and DOH initiated a training for boatmen and tour guides to equip them with life-saving techniques or the immediate to-dos in times of emergency.
“I must say that it is important that we have lifeguards in all establishments (hotel and resorts). Because it is our first concern to look on the safety of our tourists”, Atty. Minerva said.
After the s training, participants will undergo to next level which is a 12-day Lifeguard Licensing Training to be conducted by Philippine Coast Guard scheduled in April this year.
According to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) to be able to qualify as life guard he has to be physically healthy. He must also be a strong swimmer and knows how to use the safety equipment. It is also important to complete the Philippine Red Cross Training or any PCG accredited equivalent training courses like, First Aid Course, Basic-Life Support-Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Course, water safety course, and water search and rescue course.
Based on the record of DOT, Palawan tops the MIMAROPA Region with 900, 000 tourists arrival last year.