23 October 2011, Botolan, Zambales, Philippines
October 23, 2011 marked the Official Launching of the Red & Yellow Flags in Zambales Philippines. Provincial Board Member Atty. Wilfredo D. Pangan Jr. honored the 1st Surf Life Saving, Aquatic Search and Rescue Instructors Training Course as Guest Speaker during Opening Ceremony and Officially raised the flags together with the Philippine Life Saving Bronze Medallion Awardees led by Larry Joie S. Alag, Secretary General of Philippine Life Saving, Murray Copas, Expert from Surf Life Saving Australia and Mr. Roger Bound, Philippine Life Saving Lifesaving Director for Zambales Operation. Also present in the raising of the flags are Atty. Jun Edaño, Ms. Tel Mora, Zambales Province Tourism Head, Janeth Soliven, Botolan Tourism Officer and Architect Quintin Sajorda of the Zambales Resort Owners Association (ZROA). Likewise, present during the raising of the Red and Yellow Flags are the Delegates to the 1st ever Surf Life Saving, Aquatic Search & Rescue Instructors Course in the Philippines.
In the same event the Red and Yellow as standard colours for Lifeguards Uniform was also launched in compliance with the international best practice by International Life Saving Federation (ILS) and the adoption of Recommendation No. 16 by the Philippine Drowning Prevention Council (PDPC) which stated that standardized uniform colours of Red and Yellow be worn by all Lifesavers and Lifeguards at aquatic locations to enable ease of recognition by the public. Recommendation No. 16 is a Drowning Prevention Initiative for Safe Resort Operation and part of the 34 Recommendations set by PDPC to augment the reduction of drowning incidents in the country.
The on-going 1st Surf Life Saving, Aquatic Search and Rescue Instructors Course is participated by fifteen (15) Philippine Life Saving Bronze Medallion Awardees selected from regions Luzon, Visayas & Mindanao, Five (5) from Philippine Merchant Academy (PMMA), Three (3) from the Naval Safety Officers of the Philippine Navy, and Eleven (11) Active Lifeguards and Surfing Instructors from the Zambales Resort Owners Association (ZROA).
Meaning of Red/Yellow Flag: A pair of Red/Yellow Flags should be spaced apart to designate the area between the two flags along any waterfront be it on a beach, surf, lakes, rivers or harbours as safe bathing zone, where swimming and/or body surfing is to be confined. The Zone is mostly supervised, patrolled and designated by qualified Lifesavers or Lifeguards. Where a lifeguard patrolled zone is not used, a single Red/Yellow Flag may be used to indicate that a Lifeguard is on Duty. This should only be displayed at the Lifeguard Station, hut or Highchair. Flag shape is Square or Rectangular shorter side is at 750mm minimum, in Signal Red and Canary Yellow colour and is divided horizontally into two equal halves with red half at the top.
1st row from Left to right: seated: Florencio Padla, Jobimar Ingosan, Napie Barbarona, Jonathan Espiritu, Edwin Cagawas , Kenneth Amiel Taylor, Renato Cuizon, Architect Quintin Sajorda (ZROA President).
2nd row Left to right standing: Bryann Ernie Medina, Ensign Mark Acleta (Phil. Navy), SN1 Ronieboy Fajardo (Phil. Navy), Mae Fallorin, Evan Diancin, Regie Navarro (Negros Occidental), Christian Melano, Arjay Balaong, Leo Hampo, Larry Alag (PLS Sec.Gen), Atty. Pangan (Board Member Zambales Province), Atty Edaňo, Tel Mora (Provincial Tourism Head), Janeth Soliven (Municipal Tourism Officer of Botolan), Alex Dequina, Melchor Sabatan, Gil Florido, Carlito Venus,
3rd row at the back: From Right : Roger Bound (ZROA/PLS Lifesaving Director-Zambales), Paolo Viloria (PLS Brand & Operations Director), Reinier Cabansag, Mark Ramos (Zambales Board Riding Asso.), Virgel Ramos, Roy Aluzo(PMMA), John Ellis De la Cruz (PMMA), Murray Copas (SLSA Expert Instructor), Brenson Rosette (PMMA).