The Life Guards in Boracay are just volunteers, but that was before because they are now employees of the Municipal Government of Malay, and like any other employees they are receiving salaries.
According to Miguel “Mike” Labatiao, Life Guard Supervisor of the island, there are 18 life guards posted at the life guards’ stations and towers deployed by the LGU, wherein their duty schedule starts from 8 in the morning until 5 in the afternoon.
Recently however, Labatiao said, they have no plans to extend or divide the duty hours of these life guards because they are supposed to have 8 working hours only, and this is their schedule in the Daily Time Record (DTR).
Nonetheless he admitted that these life guards are not enough to cover 5 life guard towers and 2 stations, as there are times that some could be on leave.
Meanwhile, since there are those who go swimming in the afternoons when the life guards are already off duty, and there are incidents of drowning from 5pm until midnight, the supervisor said that there is a proposal to have an additional life guards to cover the needs of the public when it comes to the safety in the beaches of Boracay.