The city government opened to public on Monday the first of its kind “swimming pool at the sea” in the region.
The local government built the floating swimming pool at Cagutsan village in Sierra Islands to hone young swimmers who will represent the city in regional and national competitions.
The “swimming pool at the sea” is the second of its kind in the country. The Department of Education Catbalogan City City Schools division conceptualized the project after joining the Palarong Pambansa 2015 in Panabo City, Davao del Norte.
It is more economical for the city to construct such kind of facility considering that its cost is lower compared to a regular swimming pool, according to DepEd Catbalogan head Cristito Eco
The local government only spent PHP400,000 to complete the project.
Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan said they prefer to set up the floating swimming pool in Sierra Islands considering that most of the swimming competition winners from the city are residents of the island.
“The city is very supportive to train local athletes to be more competitive. In fact, we already established the city youth development office to carry out sports program for both in school and out-of-school youth,” Uy-Tan said.
The local government believes that the project will also develop eco-tourism in the island.
The pool is open for 12 hours daily starting 6a.m.The city government assigned a lifeguard and a swimming coach to ensure the safety of swimmers.
Sierra Islands is a group of islands with each having its own attractions. It is ideal for tourism activities such as island hopping, swimming, fishing, snorkeling, trekking, and scuba diving.(PNA) RTA