THE ability to save the life of a cardiac arrest or a drowning person rests in the hands of another. But not everyone has the training to do so.
For this reason, the Philippine Heart Association (PHA) has embarked on an advocacy to teach the life-saving hands only CPR all over the Philippines.
Composed of the country’s cardiologists, the PHA has carried on the CPR-Ready Ph 2021 Campaign since 2015. The main goal is to bring CPR to every Filipino home and to make the Philippines CPR Ready just like is Asian neighbors and Western Allies where students as young as eight years old are CPR skilled.
Hundreds of students, as young as Grade 4, started trooping and lining up as early as 6:00 am to register at the Don Federico Mandapat Sports Dome to participate in the PHA-initiated cardio pulmonary resuscitation training on July 26.
With 10,000 pre-registered students, the San Carlos cardio pulmonary resuscitation training produced the biggest batch of the new breed of lifesavers, the student population.
The PHA-led nationwide campaign has trained waves of adult Filipinos, numbering 250,000, from all walks of life, to date, with growing number of stakeholders and participants each year.
Aside from PHA, the training at the Sports Dome, was conducted by a team of CPR authorities: Department of Health (DOH) and Philippine Red Cross (PRC), to prepare the students for the implementation of the mandatory CPR for K-12 students as stipulated in RA 10871 aka CPR Act which mandates the compulsory CPR training of students in public and private schools.
The students who passed the training earned a CPR certification, valid for two years.