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GUIDELINES FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY REQUIREMENTS OF COASTAL AND BEACH RESORTS, AND VESSELS WITH POOL FACILITIES INCLUDING QUALIFICATION AND REQUIREMENTS OF LIFEGUARDS FOR THE PROMOTION OF SAFETY OF LIFE AT SEA | | | |

I.    AUTHORITY:
A.    Republic Act No. 9993 known as “The PCG Law of 2009”

B.    Rule 3 (e) 1.l of the Implementing Rules and Regulations R.A. 9993

II.    REFERENCES:
A.    IRR of Republic Act No. 9593 known as “The Tourism Act of 2009”

B.    Department of Tourism, Rules and Regulations to govern the accreditation of hotels, tourists inns, motels, apartels, resorts, pension houses and other accommodation establishments

III.    PURPOSE:
This Memorandum Circular prescribes the guidelines and procedures for the safety and security requirements of coastal and beach resorts, and vessels pool facilities, including qualification and requirements of lifeguards for the promotion of safety of life at sea.

IV.    SCOPE:
This Memorandum Circular Shall apply to:

A.    Coastal and beach resort owners;

B.    Ship owners/operators of vessel with pool facilities; and

C.    Lifeguards

V.    DEFINITION OF TERMS:
A.    Basic-Life Support- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (BLS-CPR) Course – is a training course conducted by PNRC or any PCG accredited organization which aims to provide knowledge and basic skills to students in rendering first-aid to a person whose breathing and/ or heartbeat suddenly stopped.

B.    Beach – going public – refers to person or group of persons going to the beach for excursion, relaxation and swimming. C.    Designated Areas – refers to the perimeter area extended from the beachfront identified by the beach owner wherein the people are safe to swim. Basically, it is marked with buoys or any other floating devices.

D.    DOT – Department of Tourism

E.    First Aid Course - is a training course conducted by PNRC or any PCG accredited organization which aims to equip participants with knowledge, skills and confidence in providing care for a person who has been injured or suddenly become ill. The trainings include lecture and demonstration on bandaging techniques, emergency transfers and common emergencies.

F.    First Aid Station - Is a station providing emergency care or treatment before regular medical aid can be obtained. This is manned by personnel who are trained in first aid and BLS-CPR.

G.    Lifeguard - refers to a person who supervises the safety and rescue of swimmers, surfers and other water sport participants such as in a swimming pool, water park or beach. They shall be qualified and should have fulfilled the requirements for certification of PCG.

H.    Life-saving equipment – it is an equipment designed for or connected with saving of human life particularly from drowning or in any maritime tragedy

I.    Philippine Life Saving (PLS) – a non-government organization engaged in drowning prevention, water safety, water rescue, lifesaving, lifeguarding and lifesaving sport in the Philippines. It is duly recognized by International Lifesaving Federation (ILS), Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

J.    PCG Lifeguard Certificate – is a certificate issued by PCG to a person or individual after completing the required training for lifeguard from PNRC and/ or PLS.

K.    PNRC – Philippine National Red Cross.

L.    Water Safety Course (Swimming, Aquatic Lifesaving & Life Guarding) – is a training course conducted by PNRC or any PCG accredited organization which aims to teach survival and lifesaving techniques. The trainings include lecture and demonstration on the fundamentals of survival techniques, such as threading and disrobing, and saving a drowning person;

M.    Buoys – a distinctively shaped and marked floating device used to identify the safe area for swimming extending from the beachfront.

VI.    GENERAL PROVISIONS:
A.    The Philippine Coast Guard shall set the national policy...
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