[Pagkalunod ang pangalawa sa pangunahing sanhi ng pagkamatay ng mga batang Pinoy edad 14 pababa, ayon sa UNICEF]
“Since the 17th Congress, I have been pushing for swimming training for the youth, especially in our schools and communities. This 18th Congress, I filed House Bill 1993 and I am optimistic about its chances of becoming law this time around,” said, Iligan City Rep. Frederick W. Siao.
House Bill 1993 seeks to require swimming in the K-12 Basic Education Curriculum and make swimming an integral part of the overall national strategy to reduce deaths from drowning in natural calamities or recreational aquatic activities.
[Source: ABS-CBN News]
He noted that “drowning is one of the leading causes of accidental deaths in the country. Researchers who studied drowning deaths data from 1980 to 2011 discovered that 2,496 drowning deaths is the annual average of the official stats but they also learned that the data under-reports.”
A special study by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) reported that drowning is the second leading cause of death among Filipino children 14 years old and younger.
“House Bill 1993 seeks to include swimming lessons, safe rescue, and water safety to our kids in school. We want swimming taught in the implementation of MAPEH (Music, Arts, Physical Education, and Health),” Siao said.
HB 1993 also requires the government to formulate and implement a drowning prevention plan and community action plans to cover not just the children in school but everyone nationwide.
“In my view, every barangay and every neighborhood association should have a team of emergency medical responders with special training on water rescue. Emergency response should not just be about transporting victims. It must include water rescue and giving first aid and trauma care onsite,” Siao explained.
Siao also said, “LGUs should enlist seafarers and former seafarers as emergency responders because of their Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) training and experience. LGUs ought to also enlist the thousands of nursing graduates and nursing students we have nationwide.” (END)