Four men and three women team members died while 14 others were rescued. The PCG said that initial investigation showed the paddlers had no life vests when their boat capsized. OnMonday, September 30, the Philippine National Police (PNP) Maritime Group,local government units, the Philippine Coast Guard, the Municipal Disaster RiskReduction and Management Office, and Boracay’s water sports associations willreview existing protocols to create a unified and concrete approach toemergency management. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu has suspended all dragon boat activities in Boracay Island as government reviews their training protocols.(With Akean Forum/PN) OnWednesday, September 25, a 21-member team of Boracay Dragon Force was trainingoff the shoreline of Barangay Manoc-Manoc when their boat overturned, lashed bystrong waves. “Titingnan natin ang mga kapasidad ng iba’tibang ahensiya ng gobyerno na involved saquick emergency response, kung maykakulangan at problema na kailangang punuan sa kanilang mga logistics at resources. Dapat may emergency hotlines narin na maaaring tawagan ang mga tao na apektado ng mga tradheya,” Bernardinosaid. MALAY, Aklan – The Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) wants to enhance the capacity and capability of public emergency services on Boracay Island after a boat carrying the Boracay Dragon Boat Team recently capsized, leaving 7 members dead. Fourteen paddlers were rescued while seven others were killed when the boat of a 21-member paddling team capsized off the shoreline of Barangay Manoc-Manoc in Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan on Sept. 25. COAST GUARD AKLAN BoracayInter-Agency Rehabilitation Group (BIARG) General Manager NatividadBernardino said that there will be a comprehensive reassessment of theemergency response programs of different government agencies during disastersor emergency situations. “Inthe future, kapag may comprehensiveemergency response program ay maayos natayong makakatugon sa mga emergencies and disasters. We could alsorecommend to the Boracay task force paramabibigyan ito ng kaukulang suporta,” Bernardino said. “Nabalitaan natin na mabagal ang emergency response ng mga ahensiya ng gobyerno, dahil mgamaliliit na bangka ang naunang nakatulong sa kanila,” Bernardinosaid.