CEBU, March 14 (PIA) -- The Municipality of Santa Fe in Bantayan Island is now ready for summer with the recent graduation of 27 lifeguards to cover the municipality's beaches.
No less than Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Commander Dionelett Ampil conferred the Certificate of Completion (COC) to the 27 individuals representing the different resorts of Santa Fe.
"I am happy that your town and the 205th Squadron of PCG Auxiliary initiated this training since lifeguards are the first responders to atend to emergencies," Ampil said .
Santa Fe Mayor Jose Esgana in his message to the graduates said the endeavour is part of the thrust of the municipality on "Accountable Tourism".
"We are not renewing permits of resorts and similar establishments that do not have lifeguards, there are still 20 percent that we are hoping will comply," Esgana said.
Capt. Marianico Illustrisimo, 205th Squadron Commander, assured there will still be more essential trainings for the graduates and those who still want to be trained.
The training include Water Safety, Survival and Rescue, First Aid with Automated External Defibrillator.
Santa Fe is a known summer destination in Cebu province specially during the holidays. (rmn/fcc/PIA7-Cebu)