Drowning incidents in the province alarmed authorities despite precautionary
measures implemented by different Disaster Risk Reduction Management teams in
Mr. David M. Villanueva takes oath before Judge Montano C. Medel Jr. last
January 1, 2015 as the new member of BACIWA Board of Directors representing the
Civic Sector. Witnessing is Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella.* (CMO-PIO photo)
These incidents occurred during the New Year’s eve and New Year, some of them
having their outings and other happenings.
The most tragic drowning incident involving four teenagers who were cousins
in a beach at Barangay Tiling, Cauayan town on January 2.
The three families from Kabankalan City went out to celebrate the New Year by
swimming in the beach but big waves and strong water current plus high tides
caused the drowning of the victims.
Jezzel Diaz, 14 of Barangay Tapi, Kabankalan City was found several hours
Reynaldo Silvera, 13, of Roseville Subdivision, Kabankalan City was found 3am
Another victim, Stephanie Guimong, 15 was fished out Sunday morning.
Still missing is Stephanie’s sister April Rose, 13.
In Barangay Minapasok, a hinterland barangay of Calatrava, a 6-year-old
daughter of Anloid Villanueva was found missing January 1 in the morning.