PLS Malaybalay Training

PLS conducts Swim and Survive Training in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon

In pursuance of  its Drownproofing Philippines Campaign, the Philippine Life Saving, in coordination with the Malaybalay City government, conducted a five-day Swim and Survive (SS) training to thirteen participants in   Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.  The SS training,  a water safety program endorsed by the International Life Saving  and supported by PLS  as its  full member, is designed to teach the minimum skills needed  of a lifesaver.  Since May 2008, around six thousand  Filipinos have completed this  program, exclusively conducted by PLS, providing the participants a  balanced program  of swimming, water safety , and survival skills.

Spearheading the Malaybalay SS training program  was PLS Special Swim and Survive alum and trainor,  Kenneth Amiel Tylor,  who along with fellow PLS instructors  Cyril D. Mamugay,  Napie T. Barbarona,   and  Renato A. Cuizon,  taught  the trainees  the vital skills necessary for lifesaving.  The trainors, all of whom hold the distinct honor of being  among the  first fifty Bronze Medallion awardees in the country,  were all praises for the twelve – man, one-woman team, who  according to  Cuizon, individually and collectively,  did a very impressive performance during the course of the training.  Cuizon stated,  “ It was great working with such an enthusiastic group.  They all put their hearts and minds into the training, and  quickly learned .  They are more than ready to put their skills to the test.”

PLS Secretary General   Larry Joie S. Alag,  who whenever  possible  makes himself available  in PLS training programs,  made no exception for the Malaybalay training. He came not only to ensure the smooth conduct  of the training but also  to share his expert knowledge    on     Ethics & Attitudes of Lifesavers, Cold Water Immersion, Rip Currents, and Lifesaving Sports.   Alag, in one of lectures,   shared some grim statistics on child drowning.  “Drowning has become the  top cause of injury –related deaths  around Asia.  Every day   sixteen Filipino children   die  due to drowning. This number is alarming and must be abated.   That’s why it is important to educate people about water safety.   This is the advocacy of PLS,  and its members  all over the country stand shoulder to shoulder   in  bringing  down the incidents of drowning deaths and water-related injuries  in the country whose water-rich environment necessitates water-safety awareness among its people,” Alag stated.

Alag was pleased with Malaybalay’s  initial  involvement  in the humanitarian efforts of  PLS. With another SS training in Malaybalay  in the works and scheduled on December 8 to 12,  he expressed hope that Malaybalay’s initial foray into lifesaving,  will pave  the way for Malaybalay active immersion into the lifesaving advocacy of PLS.   He said,   “PLS is committed to  uplifting the standard of water safety to the people of Malaybalay and I am extremely  gratified that Malaybalay  has forged an alliance with  us. Today we have educated thirteen participants,  but these  thirteen, now full-fledged lifesavers, will not  only  endeavour to save lives but will  encourage their friends in Malaybalay  to follow their  tracks as lifesavers , and these friends, in turn will  encourage other Malaybalaynons  to follow suit.  Hopefully this   chain of events will  bring  about in the foreseeable future  one lifesaver in every Malaybalay household and eventually, a drown-free Malaybalay, more worthy of its title  as the ‘South Summer Capital of the Philippines’.”

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