ALL ROADS LEAD TO THE BEACH. People are normally drawn to the beach during summer. It is necessary, ‘though, to ensure safety and security at all times. SBN/VVVphoto

OLONGAPO CITY- Resort owners in Olongapo assured the city government that they will take the necessary measures to ensure the safety and security of beach-goers andtourists in their vicinities.

The Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) called the city’s resort owners to a meeting in connection with the OPLAN SUMVAC 2012.

“We must see to it that our beaches are drown-free zones, so we are requiring resortowners to post at least two lifeguards on duty, especially this peak season,” said DRRMO Chief Angie Layug. “Kung maari rin po ay huwag na nating ilabas ang ating mga bangka at ipahiram sa mga bisita upang maiwasan din ang pagkalunod lalo na po duon sa mga nakainom,” Layug asked the resort operators, who in turn assured the city government of their full cooperation in the implementation of OPLAN SUMVAC.

“Unlike the previous OPLANs, this year’s operation is more organized and pre-emptive of potential occurrences through our Incident Communication System or ICS,” Layug added.

Layug is also the OPLAN SUMVAC Incident Commander. Composed of representatives from DRRMO, Olongapo City Police Office (OCPO), Office of Traffic Management and Public Safety (OTMPS) , Bureau of Fire Protection(BFP), Public Affairs Office, Mayor’s Office, Accounting Office and Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT), this year’s OPLAN SUMVAC will assist residents from April 2 to 9 to assist residents, tourists, motorists and beach-goers.

Oplan Sumvac response teams were formed to be stationed at entrance and exit points in Old and New Cabalan, Kalaklan, Driftwood Beach, Mabayuan-Grotto, Barangay Sta Rita, Barangay Gordon Heights, Barangay West Bajac-Bajac and East Bajac-Bajac along ULO ng Apo rotunda.

Likewise, teams from the James L. Gordon Memorial Hospital and the Philippine National Red Cross are on stand-by 24/7 for unexpected incidents. Ambulances will also be positioned next to beach areas for faster medical response and rescue.

On the other hand, radio groups such as Kabalikat , Ulo ng Apo, Radyo Gapo, UNA, Deltacom, Sneaky and Maharlika will facilitate the communication among the OPLAN SUMVAC 2012 posts and stations. Moreover, Olongapo City Police (OCPO) Director Senior Superintendent Christopher Tambungan said that the OCPO has already shifted to high gear and will also post additional WASAR (Water Search and Rescue) agents in beach areas on top of theOPLAN SUMVAC’s partakers.

Meanwhile, residents are urged to observe the following necessary precautions before they leave their houses;unplugged electrical appliances to avoid fire incidents;lock doors, windows and gates for security purposes;check vehicle engines and have extra tires,fully-charge cellular phones andidentify important telephone numbers in case of emergencies.

The OPLAN SUMVAC team also issued the following precautions and reminders tobeach-goers.Do not leave children unattended, especially while on waters.Make sure someone will keep an eye on personal belongings or have yourvaluables checked-in in hotel reception’s safety box.

Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages before swimming.In case of emergencies, advice lifeguards for immediate responsePut trash in their designated garbage bins to keep the beach area clean.

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