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Angara pushes mandatory CPR training in schools

Senator Juan  Edgardo “Sonny” Angara is pushing for a bill that would require all public and private basic education schools in the country to conduct at least one training session in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for students.

Under Senate Bill No. 3016, the CPR training program will be part of the school’s comprehensive health and physical education curriculum.

“We must instill health consciousness among Filipinos, and ensure that we are equipped with the necessary knowledge and basic skills to respond to certain health emergencies,” Angara said.

The CPR program is developed by the Philippine Heart Association or the Philippine Red Cross using nationally recognized and evidence-based guidelines for emergency cardiovascular care and psychomotor training.

According to international health experts, Angara said a victim’s survival doubles when CPR is administered as it helps maintain vital blood flow to the heart and brain, and decreases the amount of time that an electric shock which causes cardiac arrest can be effective.

“There is a need for us to increase our knowledge of CPR as a life-saving skill even among ordinary citizens, and training more than five million able-bodied youth is a big step towards this goal,” the senator said.

The bill further mandates schools to make CPR training a requisite prior to graduation. The school principal or administrator would be required to coordinate with the Department of Health (DOH) for its assistance in providing competent instructors for the school’s CPR training program.

“We should consider the benefits and the countless lives that can be saved if we train our youth with CPR,” Angara added.