BACOLOD

Coast Guard braces for travel boom

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Negros Occidental is bracing for the travel boom in the coming months.

PCG-Southern Visayas Commander Captain Eduardo De Luna said they are expecting travel to go back to normal, which may take place after the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines in the country.

In a press conference held on board the BRP Batangas, which is currently docked in Bacolod City, De Luna said Negros has a vast number of resorts and water parks that will attract tourists as soon as the travel restrictions are fully lifted.

De Luna has ordered the training of more rescue swimmers in the district that would respond to any emergencies in the resorts, particularly on beaches.

The PCG commander said the rescue swimmers will be fully equipped to fulfill their tasks. He wants them to be visible in every beach resort.

The rescue swimmers would also serve as a deterrence against criminals that may take advantage of vacation-goers.

"This is part of the PCG Southern Visayas' [post-pandemic] plans to further boost the tourism in the district and to ensure the vacationers that they would feel safe," De Luna added.


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