Palawan gets new batch of certified WASAR trained lifeguards

QUEZON CITY, June 22 (PIA) — The Department of Health-Mimaropa is determined to ensure water safety in Palawan’s prime tourist destinations.

Thirty-three lifeguards and hotel personnel recently completed the 9th Water Search and Rescue (WASAR) in Puerto Princesa City.

The training was conducted by DOH-Mimaropa and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) – Palawan District.

The latest batch raised the number of WASAR trained personnel to 271 and certified lifeguards to 28 in Palawan.

“We are hoping to finish our target of 500 lifeguards within this year if whenever possible, so that we can ensure that all significant marine areas in Palawan will have a trained lifeguard to safeguard the safety and well-being of people who will engaged in water activities in these beaches and resorts,” DOH-Mimaropa Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo said.

Director Janairo has been calling on resorts and hotels in the region to have their lifeguards trained and certificed by PCG to prevent deaths by drowning.  (LP/DOH-Mimaropa)

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