- Drowning is the leading cause of fatal accidents during Holy Week, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council (NDRRMC)
- Drowning surpassed the number of people who died of vehicular accidents during the season, based on NDRRMC data
Because the Holy Week is usually timed during the summer in the Philippines and our Catholic relatives seem to have no work nor school at the same time, swimming at the beach or resorts is a well-loved idea by families and friends. But you might want to at least consider safety first, or other activities before you plan your vacation.
NDRRMC advised those who are planning to go swimming to take precaution as drowning was found to be the leading cause of death in the Philippines during the Holy Week.
Citing data from the NDRRMC, GMA News shared that 59 people drowned during the Holy Week from 2013 to 2016; surpassing the number of people who died of vehicular accidents.
The NDRRMC also said that several of the drowned victims were under the influence of alcohol. Hence, it would be better if we heed the warnings and make sure our choice of place has sufficient safety measures.
Note that all public swimming areas must have designated lifeguards who are certified and trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR,) according to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC.)
Safety experts remind the public of the importance of remaining calm and avoiding panic in drowning incidents.
Watch this video shared by GMA News via YouTube for more awareness: