Lapu Council pushes for drowning prevention, risk mitigation activities

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THE Lapu-Lapu City Council has urged concerned agencies and offices to hold activities that will promote drowning prevention and risk mitigation in the city.

This came after the City Council approved during its first regular session on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, the proposed resolution of Councilor Annabeth Cuizon that encourages the Philippine Coast Guard, Lapu-Lapu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, and Association of Barangay Councils to hold information, education and communication (IEC) activities that promote drowning prevention and risk mitigation.

Cuizon noted that while Lapu-Lapu City is home to several beach resorts and swimming pools catering to local and international tourists, there are also residents living near and in coastal areas in the city.

“Despite having no incidence of drowning reported in the recent months, it is necessary to maintain vigilance and provide education to the locals and the tourists, on the prevention of drowning incidences,” she said.

The councilor stressed that drowning incidents can also occur in water storage systems aside from natural bodies of water and swimming pools.

“The resolution is very relevant because July is vacation month and children, as well as families would like to spend vacations or family bonding in the beach or in the resorts which are already open to the public now that things have started to return to normal since the pandemic,” Cuizon told SunStar Cebu.

“We would like to remind everyone including LGUs (local government units) and resorts to be more active in ensuring that there are constant IEC activities to protect people from drowning,” she added amid the recent drowning in a resort in Minglanilla town that claimed the life of a 20-year-old man on Wednesday, July 13.

Cuizon also emphasized in her resolution that drowning is a leading global cause of injury-related child deaths that requires preventive measures.

It has also been the cause of over 2.5 million preventable deaths in the past decade, but has been largely unrecognized relative to its impact, she added.

She also noted that the United Nations General Assembly declared July 25 of every year as “World Drowning Day.” (MKG)

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