SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – A proposed provincial ordinance requires local government units (LGUs) in Antique to put up safety measures along rivers and creeks to prevent drowning accidents.
Provincial Board (PB) Member Victor Condez pushed for the amendment of Provincial Ordinance 2014-107 requiring the implementation of safety measures in public swimming facilities, beach resorts and water sports areas, tourism adventure parks, and recreational facilities to include rivers and creeks.
“We need also to watch the rivers and creeks because of the many lives lost, especially the younger ones there,” he said in an interview Wednesday.
The proposed amendment of the Provincial Drowning Prevention Ordinance was approved on second reading during the PB’s regular session on April 29, Condez added.
The proposed amendment will further encourage LGUs to strengthen the Provincial Drowning Prevention Ordinance that won Antique an award for staving off injuries and violence from the Department of Health Western Visayas Center for Health Development (DOH WV CHD) in 2017.
“LGUs are encouraged to put warning signage in the areas with higher drowning possibilities, initiate information and education campaigns, equip themselves through training and have the necessary equipment for rescue operations,” he said.
Antique Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Broderick Train, in a separate interview, said that they are supportive of the proposed amendment.
“Only this year, there were three siblings who were swept away by a sudden flash flood while they were crossing Caraganan River in the Municipality of Valderrama,” he said.
He added that the siblings were on their way home after getting their modules at the Culyat Primary School where they were enrolled.
On May 19, 2019, the bodies of four people were retrieved at Lagasian Creek in San Remigio after they went swimming. (PNA)