Drowning kills 372,000 people yearly worldwide and one of a serious public health issue in the Philippines.
Drowning is the second leading cause of death among Filipino children aged 14 years and below, and the fourth leading cause of death from injury in the Philippines. Every year the country estimated to have 20-25 typhoon, and emergency workers have noted the high proportion of drowning of children among the fatalities.
An average of 3,276 accidental drowning and submersion occurred annually in the Philippines 2006-2013 or 6 to 7 in every 1,000 deaths. No one knows how many would have survived if they possessed basic swimming skills.
As a response to these reports, the Bert Lozada Foundation Inc.(BLFI) conducted several projects giving free-swimming lessons for children and adults, able or with special needs in the past years, like Libreng Palangoy ni Enchong and JCI Handog Palangoy. Thousand of individuals became beneficiaries of these projects.
Because of the growing needs and the positive impact that the projects contributed to the nation to reduced drowning rate, the BLFI is aiming now to accommodate double the number of beneficiaries in the previous years. Because the BLFI target goal is to achieve a Drown-Free Philippines and it is possible by expanding in terms of area coverage and in the number of beneficiaries.
The Free Learn to Swim Manileño project will tackle one of the hidden threat of death not only for the children but also for the adults, this project is related to the foundation's program: Drown-Free Nation Program, that primarily aims to give free water and safety swimming lessons to all indigent people all over the country to achieve the primary goal of Bert Lozada Foundation Inc, to become the Drown-Free Philippines.
Because our vision is to SAVE LIVES and BUILD OPPORTUNITIES through the course of swimming.
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