QUEZON CITY, June 3 (PIA) — The Department of Health (DOH)-Mimaropa is determined to ensure the safety of tourists who are patronizing the region’s pristine beaches and popular resorts.
In partnership with the Philippine Coast Guard and local government units, DOH-Mimaropa has been conducting DOH Water Search and Rescue (WASAR) Training in Palawan as part of its Health in Tourism program. WASAR provides aid to people who are in distress or imminent danger.
The WASAR Training include proper way of water entry, types of swimming, lifesaving techniques, group survival, water evolution and knot tying.
To date, WASAR Training has produced 336 graduates and the recent batch of 17 (mostly boatmen and resort employees) completed training in Coron, Palawan recently. The number is more than half of the number of participants targeted by DOH-Mimaropa for the region (about 500 persons).
“The skills and knowledge of our aquatic personnel in providing emergency response must be strengthened in order for them to provide a better understanding on how to properly manage a possible victim prior to and upon arrival of the responding professional rescue authorities,” Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo said.
“This is also to lessen the threats on rescuers during a rescue in still waters, surf, urban flood, or rivers which requires the proper knowledge and the ability to survive in each situation,” RD Janairo added. (LP/DOH4B/PIA4B)