HON. ROB BRADLEY
International Life Saving Asia Pacific
CC: ILS , RLSSA & Honorees Concerned
GREETINGS FROM PHILIPPINE LFE SAVING !
I. Last 13-17 of May 2009 in Boracay Island, Aklan, Philippine Life Saving finally hosted the 1st Philippine Lifesaving Festival (PLF) 2009, a multi-activity water based sports event in the Philippines, conceptualized as a yearly event in Boracay to promote Water Safety Awareness to Beach goers and Resort owners. Also dubbed as The Great Titan 2009 in order to promote participation in Life Saving Sports in the country. PLF 2009 theme “ Getting Tougher in order to live our Legacy for Life.” Appendix 3 – PLF Photos .
1. Water Safety Campaigns. On a Per Regional Delegation basis , mobilization for the campaigns was made by Bronze Medallion Award candidates during the first 2 days of the PLF 2009. Massive flyers distribution to beach goers and residents of Boracay was conducted. Group dynamics as well as one-on-ones campaign strategies were done for the internalization of the Aqua Code. Bronze Medallion Awardees also conducted Swim and Survive Lessons to children in the beach.
2. Bronze Medallion Awardees Assessment . After almost two (2) years of introducing Life Saving as an honorable act and a prime concern in the country, we are happy to report growth performance of 1600 lifesavers headcount scattered throughout the country. BMA Assessment, as one of the major events undertaken in the PLF 2009, was able to produce 51 Bronze Medallion Awardees: Refer to Appendix 1 – List of BMAs.
3. “The Great Titan 2009” Event. Introduced as a Fun Event in celebration of the PLF 2009, The 1st Ever Great Titan 2009 drawn awareness to the community that Lifesaving also promote fitness and competitiveness through Sport Participation. On the participants aspect, Lifesaving Sports in the Philippines bagged also their 1st Ever Philippine Record in selected Events such as in Obstacle Swim, Manikin Carry, Manikin Tow with Fins, Line Throw, Beach Flags, Beach Relay, Beach Run, Beach Sprint and Run Swim Run. Refer to Appendix 2 – PLF 2009 Events Result .
4. Resort Owners and Government Agencies Conference and Workshop. The Water Safety Conference conducted for the Boracay Resort Owners Foundation, attended by various Resort Owners and representatives from the Local Government, created great impact in the realization of the threefold objectives, as follows:
1.Standards on Water Safety as very significant for the Tourism Industry of Boracay.
2.Embracing the Advocacy of Drowning Prevention is top among priorities of Boracay.
3.Regular Water Safety Conferences has to be made for Boracay by World Water Safety Asia Pacific through PLS.
5.Beach Clean up Drive. The Clean up Drive activity was embraced by the Local Lifeguard Organization by the PCGA along with the organizers and participants of the Great Titan 2009. Final Closing was set off by a surprised Fireworks made by Summerplace – the Official Venue for the PLF- the Great Titan 2009 in Boracay Island, Philippines.
II. PHILIPPINE LIFE SAVING – PCGA MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT SIGNING
Last 23 May 2009, the National Headquarters of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary inked a Memorandum of Agreement with the Philippine Life Saving to embrace the Water Safety Standard Programs by the International Life Saving Federation (ILS) and RLSSA in their Manual Development efforts. The MOA also highlights the commitment to join the call for the advocacy of Drowning Prevention and the development of at least one (1) lifesaver per Filipino household in all PCGA Districts nationwide. The MOA was signed during the 5th PCGA National Convention in Bacolod City, Philippines by PCGA National Commander VADM Eduardo R. Alvarez and PLS President Arne A. Navarra, witnessed by PCG VADM Ramon C. Liwag and Senior Vice President Dr. Patrick C.T. Yeung representing ILS Asia Pacific. Appendix 4 – MOA Signing Photos.
III.UPCOMING EVENTS IN OCTOBER 2009
1. PLF 2009 – VISAYAS EXTREME
2. Adventist Asia Pacific Pathfinders International Camporee 2009 in Cavite
IV. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS FOR THE GREAT SUPPORT TO THE 1ST EVER PHILIPPINE LIFE SAVING FESTIVAL –
THE GREAT TITAN 2009 IN BORACAY LAST 13-17 MAY 2009.
1. HON. STEVE BEERMAN, MD
2. HON. HARALD VERVAECKE PhD
Secretary General/ ILS
3. HON. ROBERT BRADLEY
President, ILS Asia Pacific CEO/ RLSSA
4. HON. JUSTIN SCARR
5. HON. SHAYNE BAKER
Past President/ RLSSA
6. HON. GLYN REIMBOTT
V. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS FOR THE GREAT SUPPORT TO THE PHILIPPINE LIFE SAVING & PCGA MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT SIGNING LAST 23 MAY 2009.
1. HON. ROBERT BRADLEY
President ILS Asia Pacific
2. HON. PATRICK C.T. YEUNG PhD
Vice President/ ILS Asia Pacific