Thursday, October 27, 2011

Let's Create a Drown-Free Beaches in Zambales

How would you identify drown-free beaches?

If you see two yellow-orange flag planted at the beach area,

it means the water is safe to swim between the flag area.

It symbolizes that lifeguard’s patrol the area.

Source: Department of Tourism

Zambales Resort Owners Association, Inc. (ZROA) and  Philippine Life Saving Society (PLS) have now launched a revolutionary program to train Life Savers (Lifeguards) to patrol the popular beaches of Zambales and other areas for Summer 2012. The main objective of ZROA and PLS, is to achieve a Drown-free Zambales and the current training will act as a catalyst all over the country to lower the estimated 40,000 fatal and near fatal drowning incidents that occur annually in the Philippines, of which more than 6,000 are children.

Both ZROA and PLS are extremely grateful to the Surf Life Saving Society of Australia who are sending their most experienced Instructor, Mr. Murray Copas, to the Philippines to oversee and assist in making sure that the training is of the highest International standard.

For the past 5 years, Philippine Life Saving, a full member of the International Life Saving Society spearheads the campaigns in Drowning Prevention, through the standardization of Water Safety, Pool and Beach Lifeguarding in the country through our Bronze Medallion programs - the internationally recognized minimum standard for lifeguards.

The training is designed to train Filipinos in the areas of surf and general water safety, with the additional advantage that a number of those who will undergo the stringent 12 day training course will be certified as Instructors, so the program can continue and expand in the Philippines.

it was learned that despite the financial setback, the training must have to go ahead; this was due to the unprecedented efforts of ZROA members, the mayors of the municipalities of Botolan, San Narciso and Subic, plus a number of Zambales professionals who, along with Surf Life Saving Australia, offered financial assistance they could, to make sure the program would push through.

The main objective of ZROA and PLS, is to achieve a Drown-free Zambales and the current training will act as a catalyst all over the country to lower the estimated 40,000 fatal and near fatal drowning incidents that occur annually in the Philippines, of which more than 6,000 are children.

ZROA is currently looking for SPONSORS who are civic minded to help fund this worthwhile project over the next 5 years to achieve its vision of some 400 (or more) fully trained and equipped voluntary Life Savers on the Beaches of Zambales by 2015 thus achieving our mission of Drown-free Zambales. This project will surely attract local and foreign tourist to visit Zambales as the beach province center in central Luzon to enjoy its beautiful beaches. This will surely boost the province tourism industry through additional employment, increase sales of souvenir and miscellaneous products, food, and enhance occupancy of resorts and hotels in the province.

For more information, please contact Arch. Quin Sajorda, President of ZROA, Mobile 0930-180 6248 Email: qsajorda@yahoo.com or Roger Bound, ZROA director for Life Saving, Mobile 0918-922 2863