Bataan mulls licensed lifeguards for beach resorts

BALANGA CITY, Bataan – The Bataan provincial government had proposed to pass an ordinance requiring swimming pool and beach resort owners to employ trained, certified and licensed lifeguards and provide life-saving equipment in their 24-hour operation.

Board Member Aristotle Gaza, chair of committee on health of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (provincial board) of Bataan, raised the proposal in last Monday’s regular session of the board.
Gaza said an ordinance is necessary to avert any incidence of drowning and any form of accidents in swimming pools and beach resorts in the province. The proposal to adopt the ordinance, he said, is very timely amidst intermittent reports of drowning incidents in public and private resorts during summer time when excursionists usually troop to Bagac and Morong as well as in other parts of Bataan. Appropriate penalties shall be imposed on violators of the said ordinance after its enactment.

Meanwhile, Morong town Mayor Cynthia Estanislao said in a recent interview that all beach resort owners in her municipality had been required to have one or two competent lifeguards assigned on a regular basis.

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