27 reported drown in CL

Camp Olivas, City of San Fernando, Pampanga—Reports from the Regional Tactical Operations Center of the Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) showed that  there were 30 recorded drowning incident wherein 27 have died while swimming in beaches and resorts in Central Luzon from January to March 2024.
PRO3 Director PBGen Jose Hidalgo Jr. on Saturday, March 30 encouraged the public to take extra precautions while swimming in beaches and resorts.
Based on reports from January to date, a total of 30 drowning incidents were recorded wherein 27 persons including some children died while records show that for last year from January until the end of summer vacation in May, there were 45 drowning incidents of which 42 died. 
Most of the drowning incidents happened in the seas while the rest happened in rivers.  
Hidalgo emphasized to the public, “If you plan to swim on a beach, you have to make sure that you are in the company of skilled swimmers.”
He pointed out the importance for parents or guardians to remain vigilant, as their children may venture to pools or beaches unaccompanied.
He also encouraged reading signage on do’s and don’ts in certain beaches and following restrictions if there are any.
The regional director also advised the parents and other people who go on swimming vacations to know the location of first-aid stations and police assistance desks.
Region 3 top cop stated that at least 1,500 PNP personnel are manning the police assistance desks in various parts of the region, particularly on roads and tourist destinations. 
Likewise, he ordered an increase in the deployment of personnel trained  in Water Search and Rescue Teams (WASAR) among  beaches and resorts to complement the deployment of lifeguards and ensure public safety.
He also urged the public to observe precautions especially while traveling to various destinations. 
The safety tips were also given to travelers and tourists taking public transportation and visiting churches, beaches, and resorts.