FOLLOWING the continuous heavy downpour prevailing in the city, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) plans to conduct a swimming program for children in flood-prone areas.

Leoncio Cirunay, the newly-installed director of OCD, said that as part of their risk reduction preparedness program, he sees the need to conduct swimming lesson for stakeholders including the children who are much vulnerable when calamities such as flash floods strike their areas.

"This program will help a lot especially when flood occur," he said.

Cirunay admitted that there is no budget yet for this initiative and thus urged the local government officials to help their advocacy as preemptive measures to prevent drown-related deaths and attain a drown-free city.

The OCD, once this pushes through, will need volunteers to help in teaching the children several swimming techniques to save themselves when unfortunate incidents like flooding hit the city again.

In June 2011, flash floods claimed the lives of 25 individuals including children and displaced 25,000 families in areas in Matina Aplaya, Matina Pangi, Bangkal and Talomo.

Cirunay also said that they will start training in February as part of the region's preparations for natural calamities.