Sipalay City is the only local government unit so far that is complying with the policy of the Philippine Coast Guard requiring resorts and beaches to have life guards, Lt. Commander Jimmy Oliver Vingno, PCG-Negros Occidental chief, said yesterday.
The policy under Republic Act 9993, or the Philippine Coast Guard Law of 2009, states that the PCG has the authority to foreclose resorts that do not comply with the requirement to have life guards for the safety of the public, Vingno said.
Although the PCG-Negros Occidental is still on the information dissemination phase, the LGU of Sipalay has already complied.
Actually, Sipalay has an ordinance on the acquiring and renewing of permits to operate, that requires resorts and beaches to have life guards, Vingno said.
A public consultation will also be held as part of the information dissemination campaign to reach other 13 coastal cities and municipalities in Negros Occidental, as well as the landlocked towns and cities with mountain and highland resorts and thelike, he said.
The PCG and other accredited organizations such as the Philippine Life Saving and Philippine Red Cross are likewise continuously conducting training for lifeguards in the province, Vingno said.
The full implementation of the new policy, that came from the national headquarters of PCG, had no timeline yet but they are eyeing to implement it as soon as possible, he added.*SGG
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