In its commitment to support the Health in Tourism (HIT) program, the
Provincial Government of Cavite, through the Provincial Tourism and
Cultural Affairs Office, in collaboration with the Philippine Coast
Guard (PCG), the Department of Tourism IV-A (DOT), and LGU-Naic
spearheaded the Lifeguard Qualification Training on March 8-15, 2022.

A total of 31 local lifeguards in Naic attended the skills training and
were equipped with the basic life support, first aid, water rescue, and
lifesaving techniques. Participants were capacitated as tourism
frontliners in-charge of protecting tourists in swimming pools, beach
area or sea and water parks.

CGPO2 Arnold Caberte Jr. from the PCG Special Operations Group and CG
ENS Herbert Sanico from the PCG Medical Team led the 8-day training and
extensively carried out exercises that helped the local lifeguards
improved their skills in performing first aid treatment during water
emergencies. Meanwhile, checking of vital signs and calisthenics were
done regularly before the training and simulation proper to boost the
strength and confidence of the participants in performing their duties.

The graduation ceremony was held on March 15, 2022 at Daluyan Community
Resource Center (Shoreline) in Naic with DOT IV-A OIC-RD Marites T.
Castro served as guest of honor and delivered her closing message. In
her closing remarks, RD Castro congratulated all the certified
lifeguards and thanked everyone for their commitment on HIT, especially
the support of the Provincial Governor Jonvic Remulla, Provincial
Tourism Officer Rozelle Sangalang, PCG-Cavite Acting Station Commander
LTSG Michael John Encina, Naic Mayor Junio Dualan, and Naic Municipal
Tourism Officer Lady Ann Lopez.

As summer season approaches and travel restrictions loosen, it is high
time for tourism enterprises offering recreational water activities to
have trained lifeguards and water rescue personnel for the safety and
security of tourists.