The Bert Lozada Foundation aims to save lives and build opportunities for the underprivileged sectors, children, families, and communities by giving swimming courses to make our country a “Drown-Free Philippines”.
Drowning kills 372,000 people yearly worldwide and is one of the serious public health issues in the Philippines. As a matter of fact, the drowning rate in the Philippines is increasing every year.
According to a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) survey, 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 is estimated to be visited by 20-25 typhoons, and emergency workers have noted the high proportion of children among the typhoon fatalities. It is easy to assume that many would have survived if they possessed basic swimming skills.