By Aaron Recuenco
All it takes is several seconds of attention away from your children.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) advised yesterday parents and other people who would go for a vacation in beaches and resorts to be wary of possible cases of drowning, especially involving children.
PNP spokesman Col. Bernard Banac said that for this month alone, a total of nine drowning incidents have already been reported across the country, some of the victims are children.
The breakdown and other specifics of the drowning incidents recorded by the PNP are not immediately available.
“If you plan to swim on a beach, you have to make sure that you are in the company of people who know how to swim,” said Banac.
Parents, he said, should always pay attention to their children at all times as they might go to the pool or beaches alone.
Banac also advised the parents and other people who go on a swimming vacation to be aware of the location of first aid stations and police assistance desks.
More than 4,500 police assistance desks have been set up by the PNP in various parts of the country, particularly in roads and tourist destinations. So far, they are manned by more than 25,000 policemen.
Based on the data of the World Health Organization, some 372, 000 people die every year due to drowning, the third leading causes of unintentional deaths.
In the Philippines, an average of 2,496 deaths per year caused by drowning was recorded from 1980 to 2011.